The Lord Looks at the Heart

1 Samuel 16:7 “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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

David had seven older brothers. When Saul disobeyed God, He told Samuel to anoint the new king. Samuel went to Jesse, and met each of his sons. He saw the eldest, and said, “Surely this is the one who is to be king.”

“Nope, not him.”

“But look at him! He’s strong and handsome. Surely he’s the one.”

“He isn’t the one I’ve chosen.”

And on down the line Samuel went, from eldest to youngest. Out of all seven men, God chose David, the youngest, to be king of Israel.

Sometimes we wonder why God chooses us for a task. We think someone else is better fitted for the job, because they’re smarter or better looking or funnier, or any number of things. So why are we the ones that are picked to do something?

In Exodus 3, God told Moses, “I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” (v. 11) Moses asked “Who am I, that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (v. 12) “Suppose I go to the Israelites… and they ask me, ‘What is his name?'” (v. 13) “What if they do not believe me or listen to me…?” (4:1) He said “I am slow of speech and tongue.” (4:10), and finally “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” (4:13)

But God told him that he was supposed to do this. God was angry (4:14) with Moses’s excuses, but He provided everything Moses needed to complete the task he was given.

God didn’t look at David and just see a young shepherd boy. David is known as “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). God saw the man David was going to be.

God provided Moses with the things he needed to do what God told him to do.

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Passion Web Mag, Ashley Mayberry

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