July 31, 2017
Read: 1 Samuel 16
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Scripture- 1 Samuel 16:6-7- When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Observations- Samuel learned an important lesson from God about not judging a book by its cover as he discerned the one who was to be king instead of Saul. Eliab looked the part- much like Saul- but God said he was not the one to fulfill the role of king. God had a different standard than the way things appeared on the outside for calling people into His service.
Application- More than 3000 years later we still need to be reminded regularly of the truth of not judging on the basis of outward appearances. It's so easy, however, to settle for a solution based upon outward appearances and natural strengths, but God tells us He looks at the heart as a far more important tool for being called into service. You may not be the "logical" choice for some new venture with God, but that doesn't mean you aren't God's "right" choice.
Prayer- Dear God, thank You for seeing us in ways that we don't even see ourselves. You pursue us in love and mercy. You chase after us with a desire for us to be formed more and more in Your image. You look at our hearts, and this is good. Although our hearts can be pulled in many different directions, look upon us with grace and call us to serve You in ways that will surprise and delight us, in Jesus' name. Amen.
"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),