Gebhardt Berndt – February JOY! Article
– by Gebhardt Berndt
In 1 Samuel 16:11-13, we find the story of God sending Samuel the prophet to go and anoint a new king. As Samuel arrived at the house of Jesse, Jesse presented his best 7 sons, but God said “no” to them all. Eventually Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”. Implying that all of the sons looked good, but none of them were chosen. Jesse answered and said there was one more, but he was with the sheep, to which Samuel replied to call for him. As David came in, he smelled like sheep: dirty, tired, undervalued, under-appreciated, smelling like acts of service. As soon as Samuel saw him, God said, ‘This is the one, anoint him as king.’ You see, David was not counted worthy in his own father’s eyes to be king, he had the lowest rank in his family, he was despised, only good for the sheep. But God chose him.
In the same way, you might have a low rank in the eyes of people: outcast, rejected, betrayed, alone, and afraid. However, God specialises in choosing people like you and me. In actual fact, if He chose you – it does not matter what others say. We can phrase it like this: it is not what you have, but Whom you have. You have the King and that makes you chosen. As you journey through 2018, remember that you are chosen. As with David, God will prepare you behind the scenes to put you on the scene. You will go from zero to hero. From infamous to famous, from poor to rich, from sick to whole, all because you found favour with the King of Kings. Snatch this for yourself! Highly favoured, deeply loved, abundantly blessed, chosen by the King!
JOY! Magazine (February 2018)