Posted by: springsinthedesert | March 9, 2010

A Day Of Anointing Awaits You

So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.

          1 Samuel 16:13

Today, I would like to tell you a story. I’m not a story writer, so I borrowed a story from the Bible and asked Holy Spirit to help me so that I can write  my imaginations about the already well written story.

It was a beautiful day at Bethlehem. David got up early morning to start his daily chores. When he came out to meet his father; Jesse, all his brothers were dressed up, in their coat of armour and bronze helmets. David saw a great pride in Jesse, his father’s eyes, seeing his sons ready to go for war…they were part of the King’s army. What else do a father need to be proud of his sons? Being the youngest of them all, he was given the responsibility to tend the family’s sheep. He faithfully did that everyday.

That beautiful day was nothing different for David. He went out, gathered his sheep and led them to the valleys. He knew his sheep..they were his everyday companions. In the afternoons, while the sheep rested, he played his harp sitting under the shady tree. He had many adventures in his young age…fighting with lions and bears to rescue his sheep from its clutch. But when compared to the brave stories of his brothers in the Warfield, his adventures were nothing spectacular.

While David was in the valleys tending his sheep, God spoke to Samuel, the prophet to go to Jesse’s house in Bethlehem with a anoint one of his sons to be the king. But God did not reveal his choice to Samuel. God instructed Samuel to tell Jesse and his family that he has come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and they were invited for that. Jesse and his family considered this to be an honor and consecrated themselves and appeared before Samuel, the prophet. One by one, all his sons appeared before Samuel. When he saw the firstborn of Jesse, Samuel thought to himself..”Oh this is the one God was talking about..His appearance perfectly fits for a King…Tall and handsome, well-built and perfect stature. There is no doubt that God has great eyes..what a perfect choice!!”. He was ready to anoint him then and there.

But Samuel heard a whisper from God that this was not His selection. He told Samuel, “”Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Samuel eagerly waited to reveal God’s choice and carefully glanced through Jesse’s by one..all seven of them. When he could not find the right one whom God had already approved…

He asked Jesse..”Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 

Samuel waited with his horn of oil..he waited for the right one. David’s father Jesse might have not waited this long any other day for his son’s return from the valleys. His brothers have never paid much attention to their younger brother. He came and went out of the house and they never noticed him. But that day…they too waited for their younger brother.They said to each other..”Why do we have to wait for him..he is just a shepherd boy..You can carry out the sacrifice with the rest of us”

But it was God’s plan that they should wait that day for him. And finally David came back… totally unaware of the incidents that happened at home while he was away..Samuel looked at David…He wore a long tunic which smelled like sheep…He looked tired and sweaty..from the day’s work. Yet Samuel noticed his fine appearance and handsome features. He did not want to believe what he saw, but he trusted God to reveal his choice. He heard God speak..”Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. What happened to be just an ordinary day, turned out to be the best day of David’s life. That day was the beginning of David’s anointed life.

What does this story tell us? Like David, sometimes, we may not be appreciated where we are..People around us may not think that we are worthy or important. You may be just a house wife changing stinky diapers, washing dirty laundry,chasing kids….or you might be out there doing any other job and never recognised..May be , you are someone in the ministry where no one acknowledges your efforts for Christ…Whatever it is…there is a day in your life too. God will bring you out into the picture..Others will witness you being anointed. God and his horn of oil will wait for you…for his perfect choice…not because there were not many ahead of you who were not fit for the purpose, but because God saw your heart..a heart to obey..a heart to be faithful..a heart to listen..And that day will be the beginning of your journey…a journey to God’s be like David..the man after God’s own heart.

In Him,

Rani John



  1. Rani…I am shouting at this one….oh yes…our time is coming. I feel it in my bones. This one is personal. You see, its good to be in David’s shepherd position…busy tending our Father’s sheep with no pressure or expectations while we wait for our time for anointing into public service.

    Thank you, my sister. This one was meant for me!

    Blessings and hugs,


    • Yes Gladwell…I am waiting too…for His anointing to fall on me….Thank you for reading

      God Bless,

  2. Thank you for the blessed devotion. I thank God for giving you the talent to write the story so beautifully. The words are for me too.

    • Thank you for your kind comments…..I’m happy that God satisfies each one of us with His perfect word

      God Bless,

  3. This devotion is so anointed and all of your writings I feel really do have the anointing on them!!! God bless you Rani, I am always moved by these devotions as I read them daily. I recieve this word for myself too.


    • Thank You Desiree…I’m happy that God talks to you through these devotions…that gives me the inspiration to write matter what..

      God Bless,

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