1 Samuel 16
Bees. Not the cuddliest animal, and certainly seen more as a nuisance for many people. They are creepy crawly, buzz around, and even sting. The fact is, no matter how much we may not like these small creatures, bees are one of the most valuable creatures on the face of the Earth to our survival. One third of our food supply is pollinated by bees, meaning they keep plants and crops alive, such as: almonds, apricots, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupes, cashews, coffee, cranberries, cucumbers, eggplants, grapes, kiwis, mangoes, okra, peaches, pears, peppers, strawberries, tangerines, walnuts, and watermelons. If bees didn’t exist, we couldn’t grow these things, and humankind would have difficulty existing. They are significant to our ecological health.
God didn’t design bees to think about our needs as humans; he created this amazing ecological system so that we support each other’s survival. Bees are just going about their working business eating and supporting their hive and their queen bee. It is an intricate plan and design. So much so that every teeny, tiny creature exists for a reason.
Most people expect for things of most significance to be big, strong, and dominant. However, throughout God’s story, he always uses the teeny, tiny, weak, or the unexpected to accomplish a grand plan. When Samuel went to find the new King out of Jesse’s sons, he expected the strongest, tallest, and most handsome. However, God told Him to stop looking at the outward appearance and look at the heart.
God chose David to be King because He saw His heart. He was the weakling of the family, the tiny one, the one that had to watch over the flocks. But, He was significant in God’s big plan and story.
Then, more than a thousand years later, God sent the one true King from this family line in an unexpected way. He didn’t come as the strongest or the mightiest, but He came as a baby, in the most unlikely of places to save God’s people once and for all.
SEE GOD AROUND YOU
Go outside and look around with a magnifying glass. What can you see crawling around in the grass? Have your parents download the iNaturalist app and identify the species of plant of animal. Do some research. What significance do these little microscopic creatures and plants play in our big world?
Think about why God chose David to be such a significant part of His story: because of His heart. What does it mean for you to have a heart for God? As you turn your heart towards God, how could He use you? Will He promote you to be a king, give you the knowledge to provide science with the newest discovery, or raise children to bring glory to Him? Pray that God will align your desires for your life with His will, and wait and see what He will do.