I was reading through 1 Samuel 16 the other day and came across this…
1 Samuel 16:7 says, “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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:12 says, “So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”
Here’s the thought.
God told Samuel not to look at the outward appearance to select who would be the next king.
When Samuel obeyed, God’s choice was someone good looking and tall.
The very thing that God told Samuel not to look FOR was apparent in His selection.
God instructs us to test OUR heart.
God often wants to give us beyond what we desire, but waits to see if we’re willing to trust His ways first.
Our hearts really are what matter to God.
He wants to see our hearts and lives tuned into His Spirit and obedient to His prompting.
1. Seek to follow God’s instruction and He will provide the blessing.
2. Desire to be yielded TO Him, not the blessing.
3. Follow the ONE that owns the blessing rather than your appetite for delivery of the blessing.