God Sees the Heart

God Sees the Heart

“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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ” – 1 Samuel 16:7 In 1 Samuel 16, I’m going to paint a picture of how I see this story: The great prophet Samuel is called by God to find a king for Israel. God instructs him to travel to Jesse’s house in Bethlehem, where his eight sons live. Jesse is a powerful man whose eldest sons went to war and his youngest, David, was tending sheep for 11 years. Samuel invites Jesse and his sons to dine with him, and Jesse presents his eldest son Eliab as a possible king. He’s tall, handsome, charismatic, buff, with long hair and an awesome beard. Samuel thought, “Surely

Read More »

God Sees the Heart

“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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” – 1 Samuel 16:7 Yesterday, we learned about Saul and how, though he had all the worldly makings of a king, he was given over to arrogance that compromised his ability to lead. In fact, so upset was the Lord with his failure to govern justly that He decided a new ruler needed to be chosen. Once again, Samuel was appointed to find the right person for the job, so he headed over to the house of Jesse, who happened to have eight fine sons. When he arrived at their home, Jesse’s family nervously greeted the great man of God, wondering if he had come in peace.

Read More »

Receive your daily eDevotional

Don't miss new updates in your email!