I Samuel 16:6-13(NIV) 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the LORD chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
Sisters and brothers what do you live for each day? A pay raise? Retirement? or perhaps you have discovered the reality that basing aspirations on getting ahead in this world typically ends in disappointment. People with a misguided sense of direction often wonder why they feel unfulfilled.
Maybe you have already realized a goal of saving for the future or moving up the corporate ladder.
You give to charity and volunteer at in the community, but somehow still feel a sense of insignificance or unfulfilled. If so, there is a truth you need to hear: God gives each of us life for a very specific reason: to serve Him. Nobody finds inner peace without reconciling this fact. Our society teaches us that pleasure, prosperity, position, and popularity will make us happy, but living in the service of self always leaves an emptiness no earthly reward can fill. I recognize this reality now more than ever in my own Ministry service.
Besides, worldly philosophy won’t stand the test of time. Few of us are going to live even 100 years. So whatever will become in this life, we are in the process of becoming that right now. Consider David: he was anointed King long before actually assuming the role (1 Sam. 16:12). He spent many years serving the purpose of God in insignificant places while developing into a great man (Tending sheep etc.). As his story shows, discovering God’s purpose for your life is the surest path to fulfillment and success in our lives.
The Lord’s purpose for our lives comes from His heart of love, which is perfect. None of us can know in advance the great things God has in store for us, but we can trust His plan completely. Surrender to Him today and say, “Not my will, Lord, but Yours be done.”(Luke 22:42)! It’s time to unlock the purposes of God in our lives.
In His Love,
Pastor James Baker