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The Little Shepherd Boy

  • It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eliab, and said, Surely Yahweh's anointed is before him. But Yahweh said to Samuel, 'Don't look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for Yahweh sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart.' 1 Samuel 16:6 WEB

    When Samuel came to anoint the next king of Israel, the Lord had only told him that it would be a son of Jesse, but Jesse had eight sons to choose from. So Samuel went to see Jesse and anoint one of his sons as the next king. Jesse had lined up the seven oldest. The first son was named Eliab and he was tall and handsome. When Samuel saw him, he thought in his heart 'Surely this is the one!', but God simply told him: 'I have rejected this one.'

    Samuel went through the first seven sons of Jesse, and it was all the same: 'The Lord has not chosen this one.' When Samuel finally reached the end of the line and ran out of sons to look at, he asked Jesse if this was all of his sons. Jesse said that the youngest one was out tending the sheep and Samuel said: 'Bring him, he is the one.'

    It turned out that God wanted the little shepherd boy who was playing the harp and singing while tending the sheep: young David. He had no idea that he would be a giant killer and the next king of the land.

    The Lord does not look on the outward appearance like we do. He looks on the heart, the inside that we like to hide. Why you do something is more important than what you do. The Pharisee that was praying on the street corner was wasting their time because they only did it to be seen by others (Matthew 6:5). Prayer was good, but their motives were bad.

    Still today, it will be the one that God chooses and anoints that will do His work. When God chooses you for a task, no one can stop you. Though it may feel like it is delayed, it will come to pass in His timing. God took the little shepherd boy, anointed him and raised him up to be the leader of His people, and without the approval of his brothers (1 Samuel 17:28). They looked down on him even while God was raising him up.

    Keep a positive attitude. Don't let the trials get you down. Keep putting God first and He will raise you up, even if it means outside of their circle. Only you can stop God's plan for your life, no one else has the authority to do so.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all that You have done for me. Guide me to where I need to be. My life is Yours. I choose to trust You today in blind faith. I cannot see what is coming, but You already know the outcome and are able to prepare me for anything that I face. You chose me Lord, and I choose You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those interested in capturing or viewing photos of God's creation, here is this week's theme message from Creation Photographers: Happy Father's Day to to all you Dads, Moms who play both Mom and Dad, Grandpas, Uncles, brothers and anyone else that fills in the gaps for out youth to grow into strong, independent, God fearing/loving adults!! Thank you for being the Lord's hands and feet. Psalm 103:13 NIV "As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him". "Father Moments" will be our fun theme this week and is open for interpretation as usual. We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well! Here is the link to participate in this group: Creation Photographers group


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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! God only knows why He does what He does, I say let God have His perfect work in us!

June 19, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, absolutely so, amen

June 19, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

June 19, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Get me through this time in my life. It’s been long and arduous. Thank you for your many blessings. Amen. 

June 19, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! I Love the story of David, it is so encouraging. If God is for you who can be against you...... :)

June 19, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!

June 19, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

June 19, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

June 19, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen! 

June 19, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Please God lead us to do your will and serve you.We love and worship you. Amen 

June 19, 2018
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Dianne Golden
Dianne Golden

Amen Father God

June 19, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

June 19, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

June 19, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen. Lord, let your will be done, in the name of Jesus I pray. Thank you

June 19, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father in Heaven, You know who I'm and You're who can lead me to do Your will. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

 

June 19, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I trust You with my life Father. Your will be done. Amen.

June 19, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

My life is Yours, Lord, Lead me into what you have for me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

June 19, 2018
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Danvie McLaughlin
Danvie McLaughlin

Amen

June 19, 2018
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amenā¤

June 19, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! You chose to suffer and die for me even before I was conceived, even before I was born, and I choose to love You and serve You as best as I can. Please forgive me for stumbling again and again, for complaining instead of being content in what ever state I'm in. All I want to be is in the palm of Your hands, even though I do not deserve it! I praise You oh Lord and thank you, in the name of Jesus, Amen!!!

June 19, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

June 20, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all that You have done for me. Guide me to where I need to be. My life is Yours. I choose to trust You today in faith. I cannot see what is coming, but You already know the outcome and are able to prepare me for anything that I face. You chose me Lord, and I choose You, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

June 20, 2018