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Week 46 Inside Than Outside
August 26, 2013
Inside Than Outside
“God does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outside appearance but God looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7
In the old testament, there was a prophet by the person of Samuel and a time came upon his life when he was solemnly grieve about the situation of Israel. By the Lord’s command, he anointed Saul to be the first king of Israel. He announced to the people of their request of having a king prior to what the other nation have. It was he whom Saul would turn into to be able to know what the Lord has to say. He was well known to be a man of God in the country. He was very much respected by the people to be one of great value as he was to oversee the Lord’s people as a prophet.
Saul was the one to rule over the Israelites in obedience to the Lord. He was appointed to lead them for the things to come ahead. The Lord was with him. However, the Lord saw of Saul’s disobedience. He did not act the way the Lord wants him to do. He had not pleased the Lord by his ways. The sacrifice that he made in a certain time although he was told not were very not at all a pleasant one. He have not trusted the Lord earnestly In his heart. He was not walking his days right.
Now the Lord have told Samuel to stop his grieving that Saul have done unjustly in the Lord. He commanded him to rise up and go upon the house of Jesse. He was to anoint one of his sons to be king. The next king of Israel would come from Bethlehem and he shall be the one to shepherd the Lord’s people. He would come to sacrifice as not to make the people worry.
When he arrived, he ordered the people to consecrate themselves. They were to follow him in the task he’ll do. They were to be his witnesses while he was still in the place. He also ordered Jesse and his sons as he have invited them to come to the sacrifice. It was the sacrifice that would make Saul not wonder of his presence. They were to do things orderly according to the Lord’s will.
When Samuel saw one of Jesse’s sons to be Eliab, He had his assumptions upon him. He thought of him to be the one who fits the reason he came. He saw his physical structure and he was of good stature. His appearance were very much appreciable. Though by what can be seen outside, it would seem to be so, the Lord said to Samuel, ”Do not consider his appearance or his height. The Lord does not look at the things man look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then, Jesse called Abinadab and had him passed in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.”
Then, Jesse had Shammah come, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons in the assembly but in all of them, Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen these.” Soon, Jesse had his youngest son David to come as he was by the time, tending the sheep.
When David had come, the Lord said to Samuel, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one”
Apparently, the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. At first Samuel thought that one of Jesse’s sons he brought in the assembly was the one. It turned out he wasn’t. He was not looking the way the Lord sees it to be as he might have been astound more likely by his height and what can be seen outside. Physical appearance can be misleading. It does not necessarily reflect that of the inside and in every case, it is so. The Lord knew what was right. His ways are higher than ours and his outlook is beyond measure. As he said in Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God looks at the heart. He looks at what is inside a person and not necessarily to be what is visible on the outside. That’s what matters apparently. There shall came a time when a person’s looks would fade away. Black hairs would turn to gray. Smooth skins may still be smooth but not like the way they were before. One’s physical capacity would decline as he head for the sunset of his life and one that will be well appreciated in walking with the Lord. And it just goes to show what a wonderful God we have.