First Reading: Samuel 16:1-13
There is one thing that you cannot argue with and that is the fact that the bible is full of good stories. Today we read about the calling of David as king of the Israelites. It is the classic story of a nobody called to be something great and for the Jews of antiquity it once again showed the extent to which God was involved in the history of the people.
God has rejected Saul as king and now Samuel is sent to pick out the next king from among the children of Jesse of Bethlehem. Samuel is worried that if Saul finds out he shall be killed but God promises protection. Then we have the whole story of how Samuel went to Jesse and examined his six sons and none of them was the chosen one. It was the last, a lad called David, who, according to Jewish tradition, was not even really a son of Jesse in the full sense, only being a half brother to the others, who was chosen.
The moral: God picks who he wants, not the person convention says it should be or the person who looks like a leader. When it comes to the work of the Lord, God is free to choose the person that he knows is best for the job.
But the important point of the story is once again the involvement of God in the history of his people and how he knows what is best for them if they leave it in his hands.
God never tires of telling us this fact and he constantly reinforces it....but it is so hard for us to completely let go!!!