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“Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen.”

T.S. Eliot

God sent the prophet Samuel to Jesse of Bethlehem to anoint one of his sons as king to replace King Saul. One by one each of Jesse’s son’s passed in front of Samuel. He listened to God’s voice to discern which one God chose. “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7b). We also need to listen to God’s guidance because it may not look like what we think or expect. The Lord looks at the inner heart to see if someone qualifies for leadership. Our character constitutes the call, not our physical appearance, experience, knowledge, age, or prestige.

None of Jesse’s seven sons that were present were acceptable by God. The one He chose was the youngest son named David and he was out tending the sheep. Sometimes destiny seeks us out while we’re minding our own business. God calls and gives promotion when we least expect it, while doing the normal duties of life.

Samuel anointed David with oil in the presence of his brothers and “from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David” (I Samuel 16:13). Those God calls, He anoints with His Holy Spirit.

We don’t need to help God by pushing doors open or controlling the circumstances to reach our destiny. Nor do we need to force our destiny into being. God doesn’t need our help, just our obedience. If God says you’ll be a king, you can rest assure in God’s timing, He will make that come to fruition.

After Samuel anointed David, he went back to work tending his sheep. He faithfully served as a shepherd another 5-15 years until God saw the “fullness of time.” God knew David would need to be equipped for the kingly calling. When a position of greater influence is assigned, there’s a need for an upgrade in character and a deeper trust in who God is. Heart preparation and character are essential for promotions and often adversity best equips us.

When the Spirit of God is upon us, others take notice (verse 18) and that opens the door to our new position of authority and place of service.

“Those whom God designs for any service His providence shall concur with His grace to prepare and qualify for it.”

Matthew Henry

Relevant Reflection:

Describe the steps God took to prepare you for your destiny.


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