1 Samuel 16:1-13
After a while, God basically told Samuel it was time to stop mourning over Saul and move on! God told Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go see Jesse the Bethlehemite (the grandson of Ruth!). But Samuel was afraid Saul would hear what he was doing and kill him. God told him to take a sacrifice with him and invite Jesse and all his sons to the sacrifice. God would reveal the rest in Bethlehem.
So Samuel obeyed and took a sacrifice to Bethlehem. Now when he got there, the leaders were afraid. They thought the man of God was coming to reveal sin in their community or tell them something bad was about to happen! But Samuel reassures them that all is well and he invites them to come to the sacrifice. He made sure to specifically invite Jesse and his sons.
When Jesse and his sons arrived, Samuel looked at Eliab, the oldest, who was well built, and thought he must be the one. But God answered Samuel with some of the most important words for us to remember, God told Samuel that He does not look at outward appearances like men do but God looks at the heart! God had not chosen Eliab, because he did not have the right heart to be king!!
So Jesse brought a total of 7 sons before Samuel to see if they were the one he was looking for but none of them were the right one. Samuel asked Jesse if that was all of his sons. Jesse said all but the youngest at home tending the sheep. Samuel told Jesse to send for the youngest, named David, and they would wait. When David arrived, God quickly revealed to Samuel that this was His chosen king. Samuel immediately anointed David and the Bible says the Spirit of the Lord came on him from that day forward.
But how is this important to us? Well, David’s family considered him so insignificant they left him home when Samuel invited Jesse and all his sons to the sacrifice. Obviously they didn’t find him important! However God could see David’s heart and knew he loved God and would faithfully serve him even when he became powerful. Thus God chose David. God chooses those who love Him and diligently seek Him, not the most impressive to look at. So we need to work on our hearts, which we can change, and not worry so much about the outside, that is difficult to change.
Make 2 columns: Important to Men, and Important to God. Together discuss characteristics and discuss which column they go in (they can go in both). Suggestions: Hairstyles, clothes, honesty, kind, good manners, respectful, etc.