‘This chapter of Samuel is about seeing things right.
It is not about only what your eyes offer you but to Look into more than the outside
To Look to the heart and soul and the character and intent of someone.
Our text today insists that not only CAN God use small things to do big things, but that God’s preferred method of operation is small things.
Children, who are often sent to eat at the kids table and are sometimes not included at interesting looking events can feel over looked and undervalued.
They, like David, have been left behind when the rest of the family went off for a sacrifice and feast.
So they appreciate God’s making everyone wait until David can be included and God’s insistence (in front of all his big brothers and father) that David is “the one.”
As a culture we seem obsessed with superheroes and heroines who “save the world” with splashy deeds.
We admire real life people who make the big plays in sports — Labron James, Sirena Williams and other parts of the real world.
We all long to do something “special,” “important,” “big,”… .
And when we are young we sense in the question, “what will you do/be when you grow up?” the need to have a plan or at least a wish to do something important that will “save the world.”
It is vital for all of us to affirm the young members among us as important contributors to our life together as a church family NOW
We need to help everyone to value what they can do here and now, every day. — Not what they will do when they grow up or get their act together….
We have no future without all of us… including the children and we have so much to learn from them and each other.
God will work in us— no matter how young or old, or what our abilities to do big things.
Who knows who Hiccup is?
(How To Train Your Dragon – animated movie from Pixar)
Hiccup is the son of a Viking chief, who expects him to be the next chief.
Because Hiccup is not the brawny, warrior his Dad is, Dad and everyone else looks down on Hiccup and they belittle him.
Hiccup however is paying attention to the dragons who attack the town.
Rather than kill the young dragon he finds, he befriends it and uses what he learns about dragons from it to befriend all the dragons.
Turns out Hiccup was just the leader the Vikings truly needed.
I won’t avoid sharing with you that I think that David was a lousy father, husband and more… his personal life was a mess
he misused his power
David killed one of his soldiers to get his wife
But God still used David to do some great things
My point is God uses unlikely folks, people who make all kinds of mistakes or don’t fit the stereotype.
imperfect people like you and me can be used by God to do amazing things. Amen