The one they didn’t expect
Synopsis of Sermon 1/24/16
Delivered by Bishop Walker II
Everyone loves an underdog story. Having said this, I would like to point out that there are some of us that don’t fit the “prototype”. No matter how inadequate you or others might think you are, know that God will bring it to pass.
Just to give you an example; Bishop Walker wasn’t the most popular kid in school, got in trouble for misbehaving, and he had a short attention span, but look at God! Who would have ever thought he would be Presiding Bishop? We never know how God will work things out.
In the text, God tells Samuel to go down to Jesse’s place, because he says Saul’s time as king was about to be up. God sends Samuel to Jesse’s place to anoint who God had chosen to be the next king. Jesse parades all 7 of his son’s before Samuel for him to anoint and each time it was revealed that each son was not who God had chosen.
Samuel was puzzled that none of Jesse’s sons were confirmed to be who God had chosen to be the king. Finally Samuel asked Jesse if he was sure this was all of his sons. Jesse then mentioned David who was in back tending the sheep and yes, he ended up being the one that God had promoted as king. It was the lowly shepherd that God had selected to lead his people.
- Recognize the sovereignty of God at work.
God chooses what he wants to do and when to do. You have to know that:
- There is a vacancy with your name on it – Saul’s disobedience caused this vacancy.
- Samuel was struggling with this decision that God had made concerning Saul. Since Samuel had been one of God’s leaders all this time, he assumed that God would have chosen one of his son’s to be the next king. Despite being bitter at first, Saul serves faithfully and stood behind Saul throughout his time as king.
- How can a man who was chosen by God, end up disqualified? Saul started out as God’s chosen, but he became disobedient. Sorry does not triumph the sovereignty of God. God will replace you over your
- David is behind the scenes keeping the sheep. Jesse parades the rest of his sons in front of Samuel, hoping that he would anoint them as king, but what God has for you is for you. God sees the end before the beginning. There is a blessing with your name on it, no matter what is done to try and block you.
- You got to appreciate the season God hides you. There are moments that God hides us. Job 14:13 (NKJV) says 13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave, That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past, That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!- Here Job asks God to hide him.
- David is tending the sheep. David had to fight lions and all sorts of other animals to protect his sheep. David was hidden out of the spotlight and the things he encountered tending the sheep was preparing him for tasks he would have to undertake in his latter. God will prepare us on levels others would not have the wherewithal to participate. God wants you to wait until your “something big” comes up!
- David wasn’t supposed to be on the frontline. David was on the back tending the sheep. When it was time for David to come to the forefront, God never had to deal with David’s ego. During David’s time outside the forefront (behind the scenes), David learned humility. 1 Sam 17:33-35 says (NKJV) 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. – God kept you back there, because he was giving you You might not think you qualify, but there were battles that you fought under-the-radar that was preparing you for what you are about to undertake.
- Reality of being surprised by his will
- Man looks at one thing, God looks for another. David’s brothers were natural born leaders. They looked the part, talked the part, and acted the part. 1 Samuel 9:2 (NKJV) says 2 And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. – Because Saul possessed these qualities and looked handsome, Samuel assumed the next King would have the same characteristics. He was surprised that none of Jesse’s boys turned out to be who God had chosen. God is not concerned about our looks; He is concerned about our heart. You might have the look, but not the heart for the part.
- God is concerned about your internal character, not your external look. God is going to surprise some people with what he is going to do in your life!
- When it’s your time, it’s your time. Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – God can at any moment pull you out of the workshop and bring you to showroom floor while all the while saying, “It’s your time”.
- Esther 4:14 (NKJV) says 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”- Your time has come.
- Joshua 1:2-3 (NKJV) says 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. – It’s your time. It was David’s time, and when it’s your time, it is your time, no matter what others think! You are about to be a surprise to some people that are watching! Guess who is about to get the job? Guess who is about to get the elevation!
III. Rejoice that your story is being written
Some people wonder why God would use somebody like us. If we would be honest, there are chapters that we would all like deleted from our lives, but the truth is, these chapters make up who we are. Know that your story is still being written.
- You were prepared for this moment. – God allowed you to be on the backside long enough so you would be a multidimensional leader. What makes you a great leader is the ability you have to do things outside your job description. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) says 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. – Everything you experience is a setup for this moment. If you had to go through, it, know that it is going to bless you.
- The oil of God is on my life. – The Hebrews wouldn’t crown their Kings like other people. They anointed their kings with oil. It was oil made from olives beat off the branches and crushed. There are people that look at you and the anointed position you are in, but they don’t know that if you are anointed, you have been beaten and crushed just like the olives. Beating and crushing; there are some things that come with being anointed! I’m anointed!
- The anointing has:
- Power- You don’t do it on your own strength, you do it because of your anointing. Isaiah 10:27 (NKJV) says 27 It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
- It is my protection – God will protect his gift in you. God takes care of his anointed.
- It intensifies my praise. – David played for Saul when his spirit was troubled and it would calm him down. David shifted from playing for King Saul to praising for the King of kings!
You are the one they didn’t expect.