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Authenticity Over Appearance

“So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the Lord. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.”

– 1 Samuel 11:15

Today, I want to begin talking about the story of David and Goliath, which happens to be one of the most famous and taught passages in the Bible. However, contrary to popular belief, I don’t think this account is a miracle story as much as it is a moral story. That said, before we dive into learning about the characters in the account, I want to offer some historical background. Though they were under the Lordship of Almighty God, the Jews wanted a king so as to be more like the other nations of the earth — they desired to have a human figurehead to represent them. Commissioned to appoint their first ruler, the prophet Samuel chose Saul — the most “kingly” person in all of Israel — for the job. He was the best looking man in the land; in fact, he was probably a head taller than everyone else, so his appearance was regal and rather George Washington-esque. He was a logical choice to be king, and at the beginning of his reign, the Holy Spirit came upon him and he governed with wisdom. However, as the years went on, he became arrogant, jealous, and bloodthirsty. No longer did his good looks or brawn matter, for he succumbed to the perilous temptation of pride. As perfectly cut out as he was to lead, King Saul proved that outward appearance meant nothing compared to inner character. 

My friend, though the world tells you that the image you project is your key to influence in society, God holds you to a different standard. While being good looking and well-educated may earn you points with people, true power comes from having an upright heart. As you yield your life and choices to your Savior, the inner strength you cultivate will far outweigh the short-lived benefits of reputation management, which must constantly be maintained. Seek to live with authenticity, integrity, and humble character, and let the Lord elevate and promote you in His perfect time. 

Prayer


Jesus, help me to focus on the development of my inner character rather than my outward clout.

Reflection


Do you give more attention to your inner life or your outer appearance? Why?

 

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