Ignored and overlooked

1 Samuel 17:55 “And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.” Saul has just asked his general, Abner, about the teenager who just went out to fight Goliath who the boy was and more specifically who his dad was. This is the same David who for the longest played music for Saul to calm him down when fits of madness fell on him from the evil spirit. The same young man who he had made his personal armor bearer and had allowed to return home in time of war so he could watch the sheep that his older brothers had been but couldn’t now because of war.
Neither man, king nor general, knew anything about David. Yet he had been around them all that time. Even introduced as the “son of Jesse” back in 16:18. Perhaps if David was carrying his musical instrument instead of a sling they would have remembered him. This new role seems to have caught them completely off guard.
Maybe you have felt this same way, ignored and overlooked. Perhaps even forgotten until something forced you into someone’s foreground. It hurts but be like David and don’t dwell on it. Should you find yourself in the role of Saul or Abner please pay closer attention to those “little people” around you. You may mean more to them then you realise and they could quite possibly mean more to you down the road then you might want to admit. And always smile at children!


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