1 Samuel 16.1-23
Reference: v. 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.”
Explore: Even Samuel, a man of God for many years, looked with the eyes of a human upon Jesse’s sons and not with the eyes of the Lord. And yet he listened when God spoke to him of not choosing the eldest or biggest or strongest or the more obvious choice.
Application: So often, lately, I have found myself in the presence of people who are greater than I. People who are creative, artistic, hilarious, super-friendly, gorgeous, out going… and I have thought about the task of ministry that God has put before me. And I admit I have thought: who am I? I’m not the smartest, I’m not the wisest and I’m by no means the prettiest, and yet God has chosen me to work for him. This verse in 1 Sam has been very reassuring to me today. I must not focus on the importance that the world places on me but look at what God has seen in my heart and obey his call.
Prayer: Lord, I am often judgmental of people and don’t always look at someone’s heart, like you do. Thank you for being gracious and seeing the potential in me. I do desire to follow you. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.