The prophet Samuel listened carefully to God when Jesse brought out his sons. One by one, Jesse’s sons came before Samuel. And one by one, God said, “I have not chosen him.” Samuel could have easily decided that the oldest son was the best choice. After all, in those days, the oldest son was almost always chosen to receive the blessing. Or he could have chosen the strongest son because a King should be a strong leader. But Samuel did not choose the son that looked the best. He listened to God because God’s way is always the best way. Finally, Jesse brought in his son, David. He was the youngest of eight sons. He was probably a teenager.
He had the lowly job of taking care of the family’s sheep. When he entered, the Lord told Samuel, “Get up and anoint him. He is the one.” (1 Samuel 16:5) God had been looking at the hearts of these men. God said that David was a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). David loved and trusted the Lord.
Samuel obeyed the Lord. He poured oil over David to anoint him as the future King of Israel. He made the right choice because he depended on God’s wisdom.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Remember that you cannot trust in your own wisdom. In every decision you make, turn to God. You are not able to see all that God sees. His way is always the best way. Pray to Him, read His word, and listen to the Holy Spirit, and you will always know what to do. Let God be your guide as a husband.
Be Strong. Act Like Men.