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God Looks at the Heart

Scripture reading for March 22nd: 1st Samuel 16-19

How would you go about finding a king?  Would you look for the strongest person you could find?  Would your king have to be the perfect man in looks and ability?  Would you look for someone who was charismatic and a natural leader?  God knows how to choose people He wants to lead for each situation to accomplish His purposes, but His ways are different than ours!

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things that man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (1st Samuel 16:7)

Samuel was told to go to the house of Jesse of Bethlehem and anoint one of his eight sons as king.  Samuel obeyed the Lord, found Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.  (1st Samuel 16:5-6)  When Samuel saw Eliab, one of the sons, he felt that he must be the one God would choose.  This son was evidently tall and handsome and looked like a real leader.  God said “no”!  The rest of the sons also came before Samuel and God said no to each one.  There was one more young son who was tending sheep.  This son was sent for and when he arrived, God spoke plainly!  “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” (1st Samuel 16:12b)

God saw David’s character coming from a heart that was after His own.   David was known for his ability to sing and to play the harp skillfully.  (1st Samuel 16:18)  His ability to worship God was in his heart!  David was a brave and courageous warrior as well.  This courage was in his heart from a trust in the God he worshiped!   It was demonstrated as he cared for his sheep and protected them from the lion and bear.  (1st Samuel 17:34-35) God was also with David!  This made all the difference in the world!  Check your heart today!    Your character is more important than your looks or outward appearance!

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