August is the 8th month of the year, and the number 8 stands for new beginnings in the Bible. The number 8 signifies the resurrection, regeneration, or new beginnings, and Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of the number 8. The Greek word for Jesus is lesous. The number value of each letter is as follows…1= 10, e= 8, s= 200, o= 70, u= 400, s= 200. The grand total = 888.

When the prophet Samuel went to Jesse’s house to anoint a new king (read 1Sam. 16) he looked at Eliab, the eldest son, and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him”. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” All seven of the sons who were present passed before Samuel but the Lord didn’t choose any of them. When Samuel asked Jesse if he had any more sons, Jesse told him that he had one more son, the youngest, but he was out tending the sheep. When David was brought in and appeared before Samuel, the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” David was the eighth son.

We can only speculate as to why Jesse didn’t have David present with the rest of his sons when Samuel arrived, but what we do know is that Jesse didn’t realize the Lord had been working in David’s heart and life to prepare him for the role he had chosen him to play… the king of Israel.

Are you a number 8? Have you been forgotten, ignored, unappreciated? Do you find yourself at a position in life where you feel unimportant, insignificant, and yet you have a dream in your heart to do so much more for God? Have you been faithful in doing the “little” things that He has asked you to do? Get ready, my friend, because the Lord is the Source of dreams and is preparing you to do great things.