Ignored by Man and Chosen by God

Have you ever felt that you were overlooked or ignored…like you were a nobody?

Well, take heart friend. You are not alone.

In the Bible, we find the story of Samuel’s God-​given assignment to anoint the next king of Israel. By God’s instruction, Samuel traveled to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse. He knew the next king would be one of Jesse’s sons…he just didn’t know which son.

Samuel arrived in Bethlehem and asked Jesse to bring out all of his sons for inspection. As Samuel prayerfully approached each young man, God said, “No, that is not the one…No, that is not the one…No, that is not the one.” Seven sons — seven rejections. Finally, exasperated and confused, Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons?”

“Oh yeah, I do have one more son,” Jesse said. “I almost forgot about him. Little David is out taking care of the sheep.”

Then Samuel said these words…I just get so excited…give me a minute to catch my breath…here are the words…“Send for him” (1 Samuel 16:11 NIV).

David was so insignificant to his own father, that when the prophet requested an audience with all of his boys, the dad didn’t even think to include him. However, he was the very one God had selected to be the next King of His chosen people.  God sent for him. How exciting! You may have felt overlooked, disregarded, and ignored by man, but be the very one God has chosen to do a mighty work for Him! Perhaps God is right now, through this blog, sending for you!

When was a time in your life when you felt rejected?

About Sharon Jaynes

Sharon Jaynes is an international conference speaker and the author of 17 books from Harvest House, Moody Publishing, and Watherbrook/​​Multnomah. She has written numerous magazine articles, and she’s a frequent guest on radio and television programs such as Focus on the Family, […]

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  1. Mary Simpson says:

    Amen. Now that is what I'm talking about!

  2. Rosa Hopkins says:

    Awesome message. God's stamp of approval is ultimately what we must be after in this life. He is the one who does the sending, after all.

  3. Really good message! Thanks for sharing it!

  4. A timely word in season! Blessings

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