Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 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. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:10-13 (NRSV)
God’s choices are not necessarily our choices. Why would God choose the shepherd boy when He could have set any man as king over Israel? It is true that David had a heart for God, and God sees beyond a person’s appearance or status. The point could be argued that God created David in just the right time and place and circumstance for His purpose.
God puts us in just the right place and circumstances for His purpose also, although sometimes that’s not easy for us to see. It is especially hard to see God’s place and purpose for us when we are in the places we don’t want to be, such as in places of trial or hardship or mourning.
Sometimes our heroism is hidden, and only God sees it. As Jesus taught:
“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:2-4 (NRSV)
The reason why God chose David for such a lofty purpose-David, the man who would be king, the earthly forefather of Jesus, was because of his heart for God. David had a heart surrendered to God. David wasn’t about being the one with the highest status or the person that other men would think highly of. He valued God more than the world and all its distractions and riches.
God sees and knows our every sacrifice, our every tear, our every joy. He invites us to share in the heroics of HIS story, every day.