The wife of Jesse the Bethlehemite was not named in the Bible, yet, we owe a depth of gratitude to her. She was an obscure woman that we know little about. In fact, you probably never gave her any thought before today.
The wife of Jesse gave birth to her eighth son and died, leaving a legacy in her son, David, that would influence and encourage people over the centuries. I’m sure she had no idea how much her son would impact the world down through the ages.
1. Samuel Looking for a King
“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. ~1 Samuel 16:11~
Saul was the current King but he had been rejected because of his disobedience to the Lord. Samuel had been mourning over the loss of Saul when the Lord asked him how long would he continue to mourn?
How often do we continue to mourn over the past as our thoughts return, yearning for the memories “back-in-the-day” instead of “moving on” with joy.
God told Samuel to fill up his horn with oil, and go!!
Get a move on!!
Stop wallowing in self pity over Saul’s sin and ‘what could have been’.
“I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.” ~1 Samuel 16:1~
2. Gladness Not Based on Circumstances
If you are spiraling down into a pit of depression over ‘what could have been’, God is saying, fill up your horn with oil.
Oil is significant in the Bible. It is called the oil of gladness.
Put on some gladness not based on your circumstances.
Instead, look at the life of the wife of Jesse, a courageous woman.
She has blessed us so much through the birth and life of David.
3. David Gave us an Example of:
- A heart after God
- A heart of humility
- A heart of repentance
- A heart for prayer
- A heart for Singing to the Lord
We are uplifted each time we open our Bibles to Psalms and read what David penned through the Holy Spirit.
4. David Didn’t ‘Rank’ High in His Family
It is evident that David didn’t rank high in his family because: in Hebrew families, seven sons was something to talk about but having the eighth son went unnoticed.
You might not rank high in your family, job, or circumstances but you can do great things for the Lord that glorify His name.
5. We Owe the Wife of Jesse a Depth of Gratitude
We don’t know the name for the wife of Jesse but we owe her a depth of gratitude for giving birth to David who had a heart after God’s own heart.
She has blessed us over and over again for her willingness to sacrifice her life. I can see Jesus in her.
I’m next to the youngest in my family after a seven year gap. What if my mother had not wanted another child?!
Where are you in your family birth order? Are you living for God’s glory? Are you thankful for your mother?I was so blessed by a devotional by The Early Tozer: A Word in Season: Selected Articles and Quotations (A Tribute to the Wife of Jesse) that I was inspired to continue the thoughts that Tozer shared many years ago. Thank you, Gail Purath from Bible Love Notes for sending me this article. Photo Credit
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