The 8th Chapter (New Beginnings)
People are constantly comparing themselves to the next person. There are so many people because of this who feel insecure and inadequate. Do you wonder what your purpose is? Do you wonder if you even have purpose? Are you content with where you are? Do you believe that there is a greater calling on your life than where you are now? It’s time to change your perspective about who you are. It’s time for the 8th Chapter of your life. Why 8? 8 represents new beginnings!
Let’s look at the story of David. He was a young man who loved God. In his father’s house, he was the keeper of the sheep. I imagine that David enjoyed what he did and was great at it, but I am sure he knew his life was meant for more. Have you ever had a feeling that your destiny was greater than your current circumstances? After King Saul was rejected by God for not obeying God’s orders after allowing him to defeat the Amalekites, God told Prophet Samuel to go to Jesse’s house where he would tell him who he has chosen to be the next King.
Jesse had a total of 8 sons. Seven of the sons were present with Jesse when Prophet Samuel came to their house. David was still out tending to the sheep (faithful to what was currently assigned to his hand). When Prophet Samuel saw Eliab (one of Jesse’s sons) he said “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him” (1 Samuel 16:6). But look at God’s response to Prophet Samuel. “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). This is so awesome! This is so powerful! This is so liberating! This is so encouraging!
This was a powerful lesson for Prophet Samuel, and it is for us today also. Prophet Samuel looked at what he could see with his natural eyes. Society and people are known to look at what someone does, what there background is, where they come from, and the mistakes they have made. We can often begin to look at ourselves and other through the lens of the natural. However, the purpose and destiny that God has for you is far greater than any surface level circumstances or challenges that you have ever faced.
After Prophet Samuel saw that God had not chosen any of the seven sons Jesse brought to him, he wondered why God told him to go to Jesse's. Prophet Samuel then asked Jesse if he had anymore children. Jesse responds that he has one other child, his youngest, who keeps the sheep. This is interesting because it shows that Jesse did not even consider David as the one God would choose to anoint King. This lets you know that even the people who are close to you may not see the magnitude of the potential on your life, but you cannot be discouraged by that. It does not mean that Jesse did not think highly of David or love him, but God had not revealed to him what plans he had for his youngest son. It is important that you do not become discouraged or angry when people are unable to see what God has revealed to you and spoken over your life. Instead, allow God to expose or exalt you in due time. I Peter 5:6 states, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.”
Jesse sent for David. The text states that “he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he” (I Samuel 16:12). Here we see David did not have the look of greatness on the natural. He was just a hard worker. He had no idea what was going on or what would take place next. It stated, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah” (I Samuel 16:13).
The 8th son was beginning a new chapter in his life! In Chapter 17, David defeats Goliath (God uses David to defeat a giant because he takes a stand against an enemy of God’s people). In Chapter 18, he was told to move into the palace with King Saul (A new location and A new friend in in Johnathan). In Chapter 19, David avoids being killed by King Saul (When God has a call on your life, it cannot be destroyed or stopped by anyone).
It is so easy to look at things on the surface level. God is not like everyone else. He is the Alpha and Omega. He designed you, and he also has a destiny prepared for you. So no matter what you are doing now, no matter how far off accomplishing you dream may be, and no matter what challenges you are face with, it does not dictate that you will not become what God has spoken or revealed to you. Change the way you see yourself. You hinder your progress when your insight about yourself is is poor. You are not inadequate! You are not worthless! You are not stuck!