“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” – Psalm 68:5, NIV
Samuel, an Old Testament prophet, was called to anoint the next king of Israel. God had told him that the next king would be one of Jesse’s sons. So Samuel had Jesse present his sons.
One by one, the young men came before Samuel, but God selected none of the boys. Finally, Samuel turned to Jesse. “Do you have any more sons?”
At this moment, Jesse mentions the youngest one–a boy named David. When David is presented, Samuel recognizes that he has been chosen by God.
David was overlooked by his father. Perhaps you can relate. Maybe your dad provided for all of your material needs but didn’t take an interest in your life. Perhaps you never knew your dad because he abandoned you before you were born. Or maybe your father was violent and left you with deep emotional scars.
Sometimes, earthly fathers don’t protect, provide for, and nurture their children. But like David, you can take comfort in the fact that your Heavenly Father delights in you. Even when your dad overlooks you, God sees you. When your dad rejects you, God accepts you. When your dad hurts you, God heals you. He is a good Father who loves you completely.
God, thank You for calling me Your child. You see me. You accept me. You heal all my wounds. Help me to rest in Your love today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.