When you put your faith in God and live a life that is obedient to Him, you will experience the favour of God. This favour may mean that you’re chosen for promotion even when you are least likely to be selected.
This principle can be seen at work when God planned to choose a new king for Israel. In 1 Samuel, we are told that God was angry with Saul and planned to replace him with a different ruler. God sent his prophet Samuel to the family of Jesse, as God told Samuel that the new king would be one of Jesse’s sons. When Samuel saw Eliab, he was impressed with how Eliab looked and wanted to anoint him as king. But God had other plans. In 1 Samuel 16:7, it is written
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 things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Jesse lined up seven of his sons and had them pass by before Samuel, but none of them were the one chosen by God to be king. Samuel asked Jesse if he had any more other sons and Jesse said he had one more son, the youngest one, David, who was tending the sheep.
Samuel called for David and when David arrived, God told him to anoint David as king.
In the natural, David seemed to be the least likely to be king. David’s father, Jesse, thought so lowly of David that he didn’t even bother to bring David to Samuel’s king-selection process.
In the same way, you may feel unqualified to achieve greatness. You may come from a humble family background or have limited education. But take heart. If you’re a Christian, you have the favour of God. This favour will cause people to choose you to take on high-ranking jobs even if you come from a low background. God’s favour will cause you to be promoted above your natural ability.
Gideon was another great leader whom God exalted even though he came from a humble background. In Judges, we are told that God commanded Gideon – “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
Gideon’s reaction was one of fear and confusion. He said to God – “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The Lord answered him, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
God’s presence with Gideon was enough to empower him to be a great leader of Israel, even though he was weak in his natural ability. In the same way, God’s supernatural presence in your life can strengthen you so you can excel in areas where you may feel lacking in your natural self.
What is God calling you to do today? Is He calling you to work in some area of ministry or shoot for some high-ranking job that you feel unequipped to handle? Remember how God showed His favour to David and Gideon and trust the favour He showed them is with you as well. Take a step of faith and answer His call – the task might seem like a mountain, but His favour will help you conquer the greatest heights.