In 1 Samuel 16 we find David in perfect obscurity, keeping sheep. But he was already chosen by the Lord. In the wilderness, he was under God’s teaching. He was being prepared for public service in the secret school of Him who looks not on the outward appearance, but on the heart.
It must also be the same way with us. God will always work first in secret with the soul which He intends to use as an instrument in His public service. The excellent wisdom of our God in this pattern may be seen in the history of many of His most eminent servants. They are found calm, wise, and enduring when all around are perplexed and in fear. All they say and do tells us that they have been prepared for the work and the moment.
Men and women who have been reading and praying and meditating and fasting and serving in secret before the living God can move onward unhindered through the confusion and strife of this world. They have learned how to stand in the battle and meet Goliath face to face!
—Adapted from Christian Truth