Forgotten But Not Abandoned

By Terry Wardle

March 18, 2012

The Lord seems to have an especially tender heart toward the forgotten and left behind.

It is unquestionable that David is one of the most celebrated figures in all of scripture, and rightly so. But we would do well to never forget that in the beginning, he was the one forgotten and left behind. When Samuel went to Bethlehem to anoint the next king of Israel, he invited Jesse to bring all his sons to a rite of purification, where he would choose and anoint the next king.  Jesse arrived and brought seven sons with him. But after considering each of them, Samuel was told by the Lord that none of them were the next king.

Samuel was shocked, for the Lord had instructed him to go to the house of Jesse because the next king would be one of his sons. However, having seen them all, none were confirmed by the Lord. So Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” To which Jesse replied, “The youngest was left in the fields to watch the sheep and goats.”

Samuel had David brought to him, and after anointing him with oil, scripture says that the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him from that day on (I Samuel 16:13).

Forgotten and left behind does not mean abandoned by God.  In fact, many people kicked to the curb by others, ended up being the very men and women God chose to anoint with his Spirit and use powerfully for ministry.  Paul speaks to this in I Corinthians when he writes:

Remember dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God chose you. God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result none can ever boast in the presence of God. 1.Corinthians  1:26-29

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