Once again, I am taking over for my Dad today.
What stood out to me in this passage is how God picked David over his brothers to be the king of Israel. Everyone expected one of the other brothers to be picked because they were bigger and stronger (which translates to "better" in the language of society). But 1 Samuel 16:7 contradicts that theory:
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him [this is referring to David's brother, Eliab]. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
This year was my third year participating in the voice festival in Steinbach. I had not won any of my classes until this year. There was always this one girl that beat me every time. This year I won one of my classes and went on to the next level of the competition, and competed against that same girl plus three more. Every girl in my class either won an award or moved on, except for me.
My point is, even though other people are "better" than I am at singing, I am still used by God for His purpose. And nobody can take the role that I was created to play. I may not be the "best", and I may not always win, but when I feel discouraged because others keep beating me, I can remember that no one can be better at the role God has given me than me.
David lived in his brother's shadows for a long time before fulfilling the role God had called him to fill. But no one, not even his bigger, stronger, "better" brothers could take his place.