It’s About The Heart

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.” – (1 Samuel 16:7, NLT) 

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Eliab is tall and handsome, but don’t judge by things like that. God doesn’t look at what people see. People judge by what is on the outside, but the Lord looks at the heart. Eliab is not the right man.” – (1 Samuel 16:7, ERV) 

Eternal One (to Samuel): Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character. – (1 Samuel 16:7, VOICE) 

I am so grateful that God does not judge us by appearance or height, but rather He looks at the heart. This particular passage is about when God chose David to be anointed king, despite him having several older brothers, who by appearance alone, seemed more likely candidates. David was a shepherd boy, where as his brothers were off serving on the front lines. God had been developing David’s heart in his lowly role, as a shepherd knows their sheep by name, and is willing to face and fight ferocious animals to protect their flock. This shepherd boy had the heart of a warrior and a worshipper. He knew how to care properly for what was under his charge. Though David likely did not even consider his life experiences to be training grounds for his future reign, God did. God takes people who are faithful to who, what and where they are, and uses their experiences to grow and strengthen them into who He calls each to become. It was true for David and many others back then, and it still remains true for us today. As we are faithful to wherever God has us, He utilizes our experiences to grow and raise us up to become who He says we are. I love David’s story because he was far from perfect, yet he loved God and not only became a great warrior and king, but he also was the father of Solomon, the wisest king who ever reigned. We never know why God has us where we are, yet we can trust that where we are and what we are doing can be used by God to do great things in His Name. May we ever be faithful to where we are, and trust the Lord to shape us into who He has created us to become. 

Wherever we are, 

It’s God’s training ground; 

Shaping and changing, 

Where purpose is found. 

Each experience, 

Both trial and grace; 

Is for a purpose, 

To show us His ways. 

Where we have started, 

Is not where we’ll end; 

Beauty from ashes, 

Is how the Lord mends. 

Lord, make us faithful, 

Help us to be strong; 

To do all You ask, 

Throughout our life long. 

No matter the path, 

You have set us on; 

As we are faithful, 

Your love makes us strong. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not judge us by appearances or height, but rather You look at our hearts and our willingness to follow Your leading. Forgive us for the limitations that we place on ourselves and others. Teach us to listen to Your leading about who we are and what we are called to do, no matter how far beyond us it seems. Show us how to trust and rely on You to provide all that we need to accomplish all that You ask. Lead us to love those around us with Your heart and vision. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You that You see us through Your lens that looks at the heart, rather than how people initially view one another. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

But you must honor the Lord. You must serve Him sincerely with all your heart. Remember the wonderful things He has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24

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