As a boy growing up on the playground during recess, kickball was the game of choice. Since school wasn’t that exciting, I longed for this time. The only awkward moment was picking teams, sitting on a bench until your name was called. While some waited longer than others, it was always great to hear, “you are the one” on my team.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart,” 1 Samuel 16:7.
God has a different way of choosing individuals. While the average person looks at size, strength or stature, the Lord examines the heart. Subsequently, many of God’s servants often get overlooked in this life, not appreciated like they should be. When things don’t go your way, its hard to keep a good attitude. Thus, some get stuck on the bench until the very end, never hearing “you are the one.”
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14
There are others who experience divine intervention also known as God’s providence. In the case of Esther, she was born into a situation to save the Jews from extinction. This wasn’t by accident, chance or dumb luck. Rather, a close relative saw her situation for what is was, an opportunity for serve God for such a time is this. While this blog may find you still sitting on a bench, waiting for God to call your name, don’t give up hope. The day will come when you hear those precious words, “you are the one.”
by Jay Mankus