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Friday, August 3, 2012

A MATTER OF THE HEART

1 Samuel 16:7 “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 human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”

          The Lord God sent Samuel to find the one He had chosen to replace Saul as King of Israel. Samuel was to take a heifer for sacrifice and invite the family of Jesse to go with him. Samuel was to look over each of the sons of Jesse and the Lord would let him know which one God wanted him to anoint as the successor to Saul. God rejected all of Jesse’s sons in attendance, but there was the youngest son off in the hills tending to the family flock of sheep. Surely this could not be the one the Lord was looking for? Scripture clearly tells us that God never looks at the exterior of an individual, but rather at their heart. David may have been young and slight in stature compared to his bigger, stronger, elder brothers, but God knew David had the faith required to do great things for the Kingdom. When someone was needed to go up against the mighty Goliath, God used David to stand up and defeat the Philistine champion. Goliath was a monster of a man told to be six cubits and a span, which is nine feet nine inches tall. David proved himself to be up to the task by never flinching; his unflagging faith enabled him to rise to the challenge set before him. He used a weapon he was familiar with, a sling and some smooth stones to bring the giant down.
          It matters little what an individual’s physical stature is. God, who knows us intimately, knows our deepest thoughts, dreams and desires. David truly was a man after God’s own heart. When we are confronted with an obstacle do we panic or fret as King Saul did regarding Goliath or do we call out to God and move forward. The Holy Spirit of God will enable us to go through it rather than avoid it. Such times are character builders. If we are paying attention, we can learn valuable lessons from our trials. David stumbled, fell and made some poor choices during his reign as King of all Israel, but God’s anointing was on him and he remained till his dying day a man after God’s own heart.
          God knows what is necessary in any given situation. When He chooses us to step forward for Him, He has not made a mistake. He sees the potential in us and though we may think ourselves incapable of anything honoring to God, He knows much better than we do what we are capable of. Despite our faults and failings, we can rise up and be used to do great things for God.

WALK WITH THE KING TODAY AND BE A BLESSING!!