Overlooked By Everyone Else
By Lysa TerKeurst

“After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do.’” Acts 13:22 (NIV)

Sometimes I wake up on Monday mornings a little grumpy. Time to do it all again. I'll buy food that gets eaten. I'll wash clothes that get dirty again. I'll sweep floors that an hour later will be littered with crumbs.

Is there more to all this than just doing the tasks of everyday life?

Before I jumped into the normal routine this morning, I sat with Jesus. And I found some big truths as I took a little glance into David's life. Despite how others saw him, his own propensity to sin, and lack of position in his own family, David had the sweet reassurance of God and that was enough.

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

To his older brothers, David was a pest. To his father, Jesse, he was just the youngest son. To on-lookers, he was just a shepherd boy. But to God, he was the one destined to be king. And not just any king. His lineage was the one from whom Jesus would come.

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

Even how David was anointed to be the future king is a telling story. In 1 Samuel 16, God tells Samuel that He has rejected Saul as king and chosen one of Jesse's sons to be the replacement. Think of the list of qualifications that must have run through Samuel's mind for such a position: tall, smart, articulate, brave, groomed, well mannered, a natural born leader. "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his outward appearance or his height, for I have rejected him (meaning Saul who had these qualities). The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (verse 7).

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

Samuel had Jesse line up all of his sons before him. All of them were to be looked at. Yet, Jesse doesn't call David in from tending sheep. Was this an oversight? An assumption? A judgment call? A necessity? A deliberate choice?

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

Samuel passes on each of Jesse's sons and then asks, "Are these all the sons you have?"I imagine Jesse with a quizzical expression replying, "There is still the youngest but he is tending sheep." Surely one who spends his time taking care of animals is not the one to take care of a nation.

Overlooked by everyone else. Handpicked by God.

As soon as Samuel saw him, he knew he was the one. David was anointed to become king. But he was not immediately ushered to the throne. It was years before David would be recognized by the world. So, where did he go after being anointed as king? To a refining school? A government academy? Military training? Nope.

He went back out into the fields and continued to shepherd his flock. A king doing lowly tasks. A king whose character was being refined in the fields of everyday life to prepare him for his calling.

How like us. In the midst of smelly laundry, dirty dishes, snotty noses, misplaced keys, overdue library books, bills, and that birthday gift that still needs to be mailed to grandma - there is training there. There is character building. There is attitude shaping. There is soul defining. There is heart grounding. All of which must take place for us to become what God intends.

Ever feel overlooked by the world? Take heart sister- we are handpicked by God.

I am not just doing tasks. I am building a legacy. I am shaping God's kingdom. I am in the process of not only discovering my calling but that of my family as well. And I don't know about you, but it sure does make me look at my everyday tasks... even the smelly laundry in a whole different light.

Dear Lord, thank you that even when I feel overlooked, I can rest in the fact that I am handpicked by You. Help me to live my life for an audience of One. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst

The Bathtub is Overflowing But I Feel Drained by Lysa TerKeurst

For more encouragement in believing that you are handpicked by God, visit Lysa’s blog.

Application Steps:
Write down a list of qualities that you sense God is developing in you. Next write down why God might need to develop you in this way.

Reflections:
Are there any tasks that you particularly struggle with not wanting to do? Ask God for a new perspective and spend time listening for His voice while you do this job.

Power Verses:
Psalm 28:7a “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.” (NIV)

2 Samuel 7:22, “How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.” (NIV)


9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great Monday morning post. I love the line that reads "I am not just doing tasks. I am building a legacy. I am shaping God's kingdom."

Anonymous Susan said...

I often feel overlooked. Now I am reminded that I am hand-picked by God!

I will pray and meditate over this today as I, too, wash clothes, mop the floor, and all the other "menial" tasks I have to do...

I can't thank you girls enough for bringing so much insight to my life!

In His Love,
Susan

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Lysa so much for your post this morning. I have no children & have worked for many years as a teacher. My health has currently caused me to stay home for this entire school year. I have found it difficult to be home, "just doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, etc." I have felt like my life has had no purpose. I've been praying, asking God what is HIs purpose during this time. Your devotion opened my eyes to see that God definitely has a purpose for me being home at this time. My heart needs to be grounded in Jesus...& my character & attitudes need to be reshaped. (ouch) I'm so grateful for each day's devotion. May Jesus continue to bless you all w/ great insight in your own lives. Thank you for being obedient in sharing what He asks you to.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lysa,
I know you were handpicked by God to take words and craft them into devotionals that so simply and yet so eloquently speak God's love, power, hope, and wisdom into the everyday lives of countless women. Thank you for being willing to follow God's plan for your life and as a result blessing my life and so many others. Today you caused me to stop, look up and remember who my audience really is.

Blogger Jessica said...

I love this! We were just talking about this at our MOPS steering mtg today. I love how God seems to throw out His message from so many different places! I was really blessed and encouraged by this post, so I hope you don't mind me linking to you.

Blogger Nancy said...

Wow, thank you!

Blogger Joyful said...

Lysa, I loved this when I read it back on your blog in early Feb. and I love it again!!! Overlooked by everyone else. Hand-picked by God. It makes me think of a song that Jamie Slocum sings called, "By Your Side". A couple of lines in the chorus say, "Every time you get passed by, There is a reason why. God loves and believes in you, He knows the pain that you’re going through, He’s with you every step of the way, And He’s by your side".

I'm enjoying building the legacy God has entrusted to me.
Blessings,
Joy

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lysa for the devotion "Overlooked by everyone else and handpicked by God". I also often feel overlooked. I am struggling with unemployment even though God has blessed me with the education. I often find myself asking the "God why" and "until when" questions as I do my household chores and job hunting. Now after reading the devotion I feel blessed and encouraged. Thank you for helping me understand.

Thank you Proverbs 31, I always look forward to the devotions. May God bless you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very powerful revelation! So beautifully written, thank you.

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