Rejected By Man But Chosen By God

God has a plan for your life. You may be the least likely person for God to use, according to people’s standards. But God does not choose people according to the world’s standards. David was a lowly shepherd, rejected by his own family, but God chose David and anointed him to be the king over Israel.


In 1 Samuel 16, God told the prophet, Samuel, to stop weeping for King Saul. Saul was the first king of Israel, but he had backslidden. He continued to disobey and reject God, so now, God rejected him as king over Israel. And God told Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go to Bethlehem to a man named Jesse. “For I have provided me a king among his sons” (1 Samuel 16:1 KJV).

Samuel obeyed, and Jesse made his sons pass before Samuel. Eliab, the oldest, was tall, and when he stood before Samuel, Samuel thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed.” “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). It does not matter what other people think about you. They may be judging you according to your appearance, education, or position, but God is not interested in any of that. God is looking at your heart.


“Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these” (1 Samuel 16:10). No doubt, Samuel was confused at first, but then he asked Jesse, “Are these all your sons?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse confessed. “He is in the fields, watching the sheep.” “And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither” (1 Samuel 16:11).

It's obvious that Jesse didn’t think David could qualify to be the next king of Israel. He completely left David out, but God saved the best for the last. Don’t get so upset when people overlook you or forget about you. God has a plan. He has his hand on your life. Remember how the butler forgot about Joseph. In the end, God worked all things together for good. Some people may have let you down. You may be feeling lonely, but God has his hand on your life. God has a call for your life. Everybody else may turn their backs on you, but God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).


You may be walking among the sheep right now, but God has anointed you, and because he lives inside you, you got what it takes. He qualifies those he calls. The Bible says, “It’s not by might, it’s not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). Shake off discouragement. Tell the devil you’re not about to throw the towel in. You’re too close to a breakthrough. You’re too close to God revealing his destiny for your life. You may be rejected by man, but you’re chosen by God. Say it out loud. “I’m chosen by God.”

Your relatives may have rejected you. Your boss may not like you. But you’re chosen. God is about to prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies. You’re about to get that promotion. You’re about to get the raise they keep promising you. You’re about to get the job you don’t even qualify for because God’s favor is on your life. The Bible says he chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, the weak things to confound the mighty “that no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:29). Glory to God!


So, David’s family called for him, “and the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:12-13). Soon, God revealed why he anointed David, and when Goliath threatened Israel, God used David to deliver him and the Philistines into Israel’s hands. Eventually, God made David king over Israel, and much later, Jesus Christ came through David’s lineage. The very one Jesse overlooked is the very one God used to reign over Israel and help usher in Christ’s first coming.

Even Jesus was rejected by his own people, but God used him to save the world. Trust God’s plan. He did not anoint you to fail. You are anointed for greatness. You are born to win. Don’t be discouraged when other people do not see your value, if they look down on you and call you everything but a child of God. See yourself the way God sees you. You are an overcomer. You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). You are a child of God. You are created in his image, and you are beautifully and wonderfully made (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:14). And you are not alone. God is with you. He is for you, and if he is for you, no one can be against you (Romans 8:31). Be encouraged. You may be rejected by man, but you are chosen by God.

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Pastors Sean and Aimee Pinder

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