From the Pasture to the Palace, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Samuel 7:8, “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel”

God has a unique way of reminding us how He called us and raised us up for His purposes. God speaks through Nathan the prophet to David and he begins by reminding David of where God found him: “I took you from the pasture and from following [tending] the flock.” Who knew David in the pasture? His influence spread as far as his last sheep at that time. David was learning character and how to lead others (at that time sheep). However, although God makes correlations between sheep and people, they are obviously not exactly the same, as you and I are made in God’s image. God was reminding David how far he had come from.

Samuel was to choose a king from among Jessie’s sons and passed by each one realizing that they were not the one that God had chosen. The Lord had said to Samuel, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature;…for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel asked Jessie if he had called all of his Sons, but there was still one more in the field seemingly unaware of what was taking place at his home. David was faithfully tending his sheep and God would call David from the pasture to the palace, from shepherding sheep, to shepherding God’s people. David didn’t fill out an application and interview for the position of a king. God looked and God simply choose him. Why does it seem that God chose him? I love the lyrics of one of Christian artist Carmen’s song, “When others see a shepherd boy God may see a king.” At this time God did in fact see a king, and a great one at that. God didn’t call David initially because he was a great military leader, but because he was faithful in the small things. He took care of the little that was entrusted to him, his sheep, and since he was faithful in the small God would raise him up to be faithful of much. What would happen to David’s sheep if he left to be king? God has a unique way of working things out as Paul said in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Perhaps God would send another person to care for the sheep David loved. God would now use David to be a King after God’s own heart, and that is a heart that David seemed to have beating in his life from the pasture to the palace. From pasture to palace teaches us that:

1. God has not forgotten about you “in some shepherd’s field”

2. God chooses whosoever He desires

3. God’s choices are not based on man’s outward assessment of a person

4. God is looking at how faithful we are in what He has currently given to us

5. God will send a “Samuel” to confirm your call (others will see your call)

6. God anoints people for His ministry

Application: What is God calling you to do? In what way is he raising you up? Are you being faithful at the little things, so that he can trust you with greater things, or trying to claw our way to the top? Your talent may take you to the top but only your character will keep you there. Be faithful in your pasture (that which He has entrusted to you) so that God can place you in his way, and in His time in the palace He has for you. Your family, friends, co-workers, boss, etc.., need to see a shining testimony of you being faithful in the little things. Blessings Pastor Phil


2 thoughts on “From the Pasture to the Palace, Pastor Phil Sessa

    03/30/2013 at 10:46 PM

    Annointed Words. How true!


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