Greetings all, here is your e-votional for the week…
“Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, ‘Rise and anoint him, for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.”
-1 Samuel 16: 11-13
It always starts small. When we think of David we think of a towering Biblical figure whose shadow was cast over his people for centuries. We think of a young boy facing down a giant; a young man growing in leadership, and a king who is shockingly human. But what we often forget is how small this tale began.
David was an afterthought in his own family. After God commanded Samuel to bring forth Jesse and his sons, that a new king might be found in their midst, so certain was Jesse that David couldn’t be the one that he wasn’t even present until all the other sons had been seen. Apparently no one, not even David’s own father, saw that kind of promise in him. And yet it was David who God called to be the next king of Israel.
When we think about the ways God works in this world, rarely do we consider the small miracles, the little moments, the afterthoughts. Rarely do we imagine that God is working in ways which can often seem irrelevant. And yet the greatest stories in Scripture start so small, with a shepherd being called in from a field, a child being born in a stable, a baby being placed in a basket and set adrift in the Nile. Think of your own life and think of the big things that have happened to you, did they start big or were the small at first?
This week, remember that God does not see the world as we see it. As followers of Jesus we too are called to see the world differently; to find strength in weakness, wisdom in foolishness, power in the meek. Today open yourself to the power of God in the small places, and remember that often in the story of God it is in those small places that God does the biggest things.
Prayer: Holy God, help me to see the world as you see it. I pray that you will transform my sight and help me to be part of your work in this world. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.