Unlikely Leader

L-R: Luck, Griffin III & Wilson

L-R: Luck, Griffin III & Wilson

Three rookie quarterbacks have led their NFL teams into the upcoming playoffs. Andrew Luck sparked the Indianapolis Colts, who had a dismal season last year, to a surprisingly good showing. After his team got off to a slow start, Robert Griffin III carried the Washington Redskins to a division title. And Russell Wilson’s stellar play has his Seattle Seahawks ready for the post-season.

Luck and RG3 were expected to do well in the NFL, considering that they were chosen number one and two respectively in last year’s draft. Yet most experts pick Wilson’s Seahawks to have the best chance of these three teams to advance in the playoffs. This is remarkable since Wilson was the 75th pick of the draft, and came into training camp as the number three quarterback on the Seahawks’ roster.

It just goes to show that we can sometimes be surprised by someone’s leadership potential.

It is interesting to read about Samuel’s mission to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king of Israel (1 Samuel 16). David, the youngest son, wasn’t the most likely choice. As a matter fact, David seems to be almost an afterthought! But this passage of Scripture reminds us that “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Let’s keep this in mind as God raises up the next leaders in his kingdom.

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