The Lord said to Samuel, “How long do you intend to mourn for Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your horn with olive oil and go! I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem, for I have selected a king for myself from among his sons.”
[1 Sam 16:1 NET]
The Lord is never at loss for a man. When one fails–he has another ready. His plans and purposes go on–in spite of human failure, and through all seeming disaster.
Here was a boy, keeping the sheep in the fields, probably not dreaming of greatness, and yet God had him marked out to be king! The boys do hot know what God has in mind for them. They may be sure, however, that for every one of them–God has some plan. It may be a great place or a small one, as the world rates greatness or smallness; but every boy should feel that to be just what God made him to be–is the grandest, noblest, best thing possible for him. If God made him to be a carpenter, and by his own restless strivings he gets to be a member of Congress or Parliament, or President of the United States, his place is not half so high and great in the angels’ sight–as if he had been the carpenter he was meant to be.
The greatest place anyone can attain–is the place God intended him to fill. How can we know what God wants us to do and to be? By doing his will, day by day, with quiet fidelity, wherever we find ourselves. God’s will for each day–is God’s plan for us for that day. Thus God will lead us continually to that which he has for us to do. Failure in the lowlier duties–will hinder our promotion to the higher.