But there is hope for all of you who were chosen last. David gives us hope in the story in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Samuel has been sent to find the next King of Israel. God is displeased with the current King. A king God had set as ruler over the people because they had whined that they needed a king, God as the King was not enough. So God gave them Saul, but Saul had lost God's approval. God sent Samuel to find the next king. When Samuel looked for the king he was sent to Bethlehem and Jesse. Jesse was asked to bring out his sons. He brings out the first son handsome and tall, Samuel thought this must be him. But God said no. Samuel met one son after another. Seven sons and none of them were the next king.
So Samuel asks if there is any other son. Jesse remember there was one more. The youngest he was with the sheep. They bring in this boy who Samuel sees is ruddy with beautiful eyes and is handsome. And God says this is the one. This is who I have chosen and then the Spirit enters David and stays with him through his life. The last one in line is the one God needed, the one God had called. "For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). God doesn't look at the outside; God looks at the inside.
God sees into our hearts. That is the hope of everyone who has been the last in line. For God sees what the world may not recognize. Think of what that can mean for you. God can see what is on the inside and can use what is in your heart to help transform the world.
When Michelangelo was 26, he was asked to carve a statue out of a block of marble that had already been begun. Within this piece of marble, he saw David and brought him to life. Within a block of stone he freed perfection. Within a rock he saw something of incomparable beauty and set about to make it free. As Michelangelo says of sculpting:
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”
God looks at your rock of marble and sees the angel that you can be. God sees the inside of you.