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February 24 – Don’t Look At The Outward Appearance

February 24, 2012

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Who would’ve thought that David, still a child, the youngest in fact, who was not the one Samuel thought would be God’s chosen one to be the king.  Born of the family of Jesse, not of royalty, a normal average family; from the town of Bethlehem, a very small insignificant town.  Again, like Moses he was merely a shepherd boy, a young one at that, his brothers were men of valour, men who fought in wars, men probably more deserving in the eyes of man to be the next king. Samuel thought it had to be Eliab, the firstborn, tall and handsome, but God said, “Don’t look to the outside.” Seven in all passed by Samuel, still neither of them were the one.  God does not look on man the way man does.  People see the outward appearance of things, but God see the heart!  When others saw just a shepherd boy, God saw a king: a king to rule his people.

Even as king, we see David making horrendous mistakes and committing grave sins.  He coveted his neighbor’s wife.  He committed adultery.  We see him deceive and even murder the husband of Bathsheba, the woman he committed adultery with.  David sinned greatly before God and did a lot of things that were not right in the sight of God.  Yet, the Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart.  God see the heart!  The difference we see in David here is that, although he was a very average young man, a worldly guy in a lot of ways, he was a man who still had a conscience.  He was a man who had a heart that desired to follow God.  And we see later, even through these incidents, his repentance, his sorrowful heart, and his desire for the Lord to forgive him because he had a heart truly devoted to God.

Who would’ve thought that David would have been the one?  Yet he was.  He was a mighty king and in many ways one of the best kings Israel ever had.  God used him even when others would not have chosen him.

O Lord, as I submit to Your will, may you be glorified in everything I do.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Lowell R. Price permalink
    April 2, 2012 4:20 pm

    I wonder how many church leaders today would go against popular sentiment, popular approval, to appoint an individual to a high position as Samuel did here? In other words do we really today, are we willing to listen to God and not men? Papa

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