Maybe you’ve been there, maybe you haven’t.

PhyEd class.

The last person to be chosen for a team.

Or maybe you’ve seen the look on the child’s face who was chosen last. Either way, it can be hurtful to be the last one picked.

I think of David. He loved God so dearly, yet was overlooked by his own father. When Samuel came to Jesse to choose the next king, Jesse presented seven of his sons as options. These seven sons, by appearance, would’ve made great kings. But Samuel was being told by the Lord to let these seven sons pass by.

Get this. Only when asked did Jesse bring up his youngest son, David. We don’t know if he would’ve thought of him after a period of time, but what we read in 1 Samuel is that Jesse was asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”

Stop right here. How many of you, when asked about your children, have left one out? Say you’re asked how many children you have. Do you just omit the youngest? I’m guessing not. (Now that gets a little trickier when you’ve lost a child, but that’s a whole other story.)

Perhaps David never heard about this scenario, but reading about it breaks my heart. David, out tending to the sheep, wasn’t offered as an option by his own earthly father. He wasn’t even mentioned until his father was asked.


That would sting a bit for me.

It’s like being told, without being told, that you’re not good enough. Ever had that feeling cross your mind? Ever felt like (or actually been told) you’re not enough? That you’re not worthy of the job? That you just fall too short?

We know from reading further that David was indeed the king God wanted all along. We know a few chapters back that God’s replacement for Saul was “a man after God’s own heart”. We know that even though David wasn’t a thought by his earthly father, he was handpicked in advance by His heavenly Father.

Guess what? So are you.

Ephesians 1:4 tells us, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”

Before He formed the earth. Before He created light. Before there were birds of the air and fish of the sea…you were already chosen by God.

So was David.

You were handpicked for where you are now. Whether it’s being a mother, wife, employee, daughter, etc., you were chosen by God for this role. He has called you worthy and has equipped you for your particular position. Not because of your appearance, but because He simply has chosen you for such a time as this.

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

David was chosen as king because of the state of his heart. Was he a sinner? Yes. The bible shares David’s sins with us…it doesn’t hide them. Yet, David’s heart was for God. And that made him usable.

How about you?

Where is your heart at?

Are you focused on God and His opinion of you…or are you focused on the “outward appearances” and what man thinks of you?

I pray you see your worth in Jesus.

I pray you see how valuable you are to His kingdom.

I pray you give your heart to Him like David did.


  1. Linda Grim

    Interesting perspective from David’s father. I have thought the opposite: David was the baby, the favorite. Thanks for sharing!


      Hi Linda! I hope I haven’t led anyone down a different path. I was just thinking about how I would feel if my dad didn’t offer me for a job, but offered every one of my brothers (and I really do only have brothers). We don’t exactly know what Jesse was thinking, but this was just my interpretation of it one morning when reading in 1 Samuel. Again, I hope I haven’t led anyone incorrectly! Thank you for your comment.

  2. Connie Rucinski

    Love this Rochelle I have a family member going through some thought process Of not feeling up to task in her job I see her worthiness but when your peers only speak negative you start to believe Thank you for this


      Hi Connie~I have thought the same thing throughout life. When you’re constantly being told something, you eventually begin to believe it. Because why would people lie? I couldn’t understand it (and still don’t). But there are unhealthy people in the world who aim to bring others down. I pray your family member begins to see truth in her worth…especially her worth in Jesus.


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