The Power of God’s Anointing
’1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me.” The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5 Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab, and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So 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.” 12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” 13 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.’ (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
Many people when they are studying this miss this, but God gave me a supernatural revelation about this story. He told me that there were two things that the anointing can do.
1. The Anointing Can Turn You from a Nobody Into a Somebody
When the anointing of God comes upon you it will turn you from a nobody into a somebody. When Samuel asked for the youngest to come, Jesse said, “He is the youngest. He is just a shepherd boy following my orders.”
If you have ever taken a World History class you will know that during this time period people were set up in classes or caste systems. On the top was the kings, beneath them were the prophets, and then the farmers, artisans, and other followed. On the bottom of the caste system were the shepherds. But there was another class beneath the bottom. They were in the basement. They were the untouchables, the people with diseases or in poverty. So what we see here is that the shepherds are right on the bottom next to the untouchables. Sounds like a pretty nasty job.
So basically David was a nothing. He was considered a nothing by his father, his brothers, and probably everyone that visited the House of Jesse. “He is just a shepherd boy. He is not the chosen one. He can’t be king. Just a shepherd boy.”
Today, I want to tell you that many people will tell you that you are just a shepherd boy. Many people will tell you that you are not good for the job. Many people will tell you that you cannot do it because you are a “nothing.” Just like David, when the anointing comes upon you, it will transform you from that nothing into a something. Nothing can go against the anointing.
2. The Anointing Can Do What Others Say Cannot Be Done
When Samuel asked for David, Jesse replied, “He is the youngest. Just a shepherd boy.” Not only was he saying he was a “nothing,” but he was telling Samuel that David was not good for the job.
“I am sure that one of the older brothers are good. There must be some mistake. Eliab is strong and is able to lead the armies of Israel. Abinadab is smart, I am sure he can run Israel.”
But God told Samuel not to look at physical appearances, he told him to look at the heart. The only person in God’s eyes to run Israel with a heart of God was David.
Today I want you to know that many people will tell you that you are not good for the job. Many people will tell you that you cannot do it. Many people will try to discourage you and try to bring you down with negativity. But I want you to know today that just like David, he will take what cannot be done and turn it into something that can be done. The anointing can do what others say cannot be done.