JUDGED BY THE HEART

| 20 May 2013 |

JUDGED BY THE HEART

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: 1 Sam 16:1-13

*Samuel Anoints David as King*

*16 *Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for
Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with
olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there,
for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”

*2 *But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he
will kill me.”

“Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you
have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. *3 *Invite Jesse to the
sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”

*4 *So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at
Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him.
“What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?”

*5 *“Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the
Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then
Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and
invited them to the sacrifice, too.

*6 *When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought,
“Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”

*7 *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.”

*8 *Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front
of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has
chosen.” *9 *Next Jesse summoned Shimea,*[**a*

*]* but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has
chosen.” *10 *In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were
presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not
chosen any of these.” *11 *Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the
sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in
the fields watching the sheep and goats.”

“Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to
eat until he arrives.”

*12 *So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful
eyes.

And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”

*13 *So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask
of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the
Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then
Samuel returned to Ramah.

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One of my most well known scriptures in the Bible are found in this
passage: “People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at
the heart” (verse 7).

Can you relate to Samuel? He’s looking for a King, and he encounters
strong, confident, well-built, tall men. Surely one of these would be
king?

This looks slightly different in our culture, but the premise is the
same: “She has such an amazing voice, a high qualification in music
and great people skills. She must be God’s choice to be worship
leader” or “He is such a great preacher, with a passion for
biblical truth and an amazing way at communicating it. He must be
God’s choice as our conference speaker” or “all the teens love
him. He is so great at being relevant, he takes time out to be part of
their lives and everyone respects him. Surely he is our next youth
pastor?”.

These are assumptions we make all the time based on outward things.
Yet, the reminder stands before us: God looks at the heart while
we’re busy looking at gifts, talents, abilities, looks, personality
etc.

A CALL TO ACTION

The challenge here is two fold: Firstly, for us to pay more attention
to the things that reveal a persons heart, rather than the things that
reveal their gift. Secondly, it’s a reminder to us that our own
gifts, talents and personalities aren’t enough. Our hearts need to
be right. Today, examine your heart. Would God be pleased with you?

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Lord thank you for your goodness toward me. Please help me today to
examine my heart and deal with the things that I need to so that you
can be pleased with my motives and intentions. Amen.

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