I received the following text from my wife on Sunday morning at 8:20am.
Kinley is the name of our daughter & youngest child. Corrie was reminding me not to leave the house without her…
Let the confidence my wife has in me just sink in for a moment.
Corrie left our house around 7:45am with our 2 oldest boys for All-star baseball games. I was taking our youngest two to church with me. We would all meet at the ballpark after church for more games. When Corrie left Tucker was already up, but Kinley was still in her bed asleep. I assume she thought I would forget that she was in there, and not that I’m a terrible father.
Fittingly I preached from 1 Samuel 16 that morning. You can listen or subscribe to our podcast HERE.
The story of 1 Samuel 16 is about David being anointed by Samuel to be Saul’s successor as King. I spent some time focused here:
And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice…Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. 1 Samuel 16:5b, 11-13
I always thought Jesse was free from blame for not having David there because the prophet showed up unannounced. However, it appears that the prophet invited Jesse and his sons TO the sacrifice where one of them would be anointed. It appears that Jesse made a conscience decision not to bring David in from the field for this moment with the prophet of God. That seems like a big moment not to include one of your children. You could infer (though this is not in the Bible and only opinion) that Jesse didn’t think David was the one that would be chosen anyway.
He forgot his son!
Maybe Jesse’s wife just didn’t send him a text that said, “Don’t forget David” before he left.
If you’ve ever felt left out, you’re not alone. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t measure up to the people you assume God would choose, you’re not alone.
God’s got a plan, and thankfully He chooses people differently than we choose people.
The story in 1 Samuel is that God looked over the people Samuel assumed would be chosen because He wasn’t as concerned with their outward appearance or abilities as he was the content of their heart.
David was the man for the job.
It appears that in the economy of God the fastest way to the palace is faithful service in the field.
Quit eliminating yourself from consideration because you assume He won’t choose you.
Quit working harder on what you can do with your hands and focus more on cultivating your heart.
You may feel left out, but I can promise your Father hasn’t forgotten you!