“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”” (1 Samuel 16:7, NASB95)

FDD29 Those Few Sheep

This entry is part 24 of 27 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

Young David was obeying his father’s command to bring supplies to his brothers and check up on their well being (1 Samuel 17).  So he left the flock with a keeper (v20) and soon found himself asking about Goliath’s blasphemies. That is when he was attacked…by his own brother.

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.”” (1 Samuel 17:28, NASB95)

More than family dynamics is going on here, David had already been chosen by God (1 Samuel 16:12-13). Eliab’s jealousy (1 Samuel 16:6-7) was probably in play.

“Next” seldom comes without conflict.

Father, as we seek you for what is next, we also seek for peace with you. Do not let difficulty dissuade us from the task you set before us.


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