3 Revelations About Our Heart

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.

Yet…

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.

11 Comments

  1. First thing is I love the redesign.

    I love that verse that is quoted. I’ve always related to it because I am not the stereotypical guy who serves the Lord. (at least that’s my take on it)

    Jonathan, you truly are an encouragement.

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    1. I like it too. I’ve struggled to find something that says, “Jonathan” :) This may do it. I like that verse too. Tells me that no matter what, God looks at my heart. Thanks as always Michael!

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  2. Good post bro’, I love it! Our hearts are huge to the Father!

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

    “Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then we have confidence toward God.” 1 John 3:21

    I love these two above Scriptures about the heart, they always encourage me…as do your posts!

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  3. It is kind of funny how we read that verse and assume that David was some sort of quasimodo/hunchback character, but God’s point was, I look at the heart and the outside is superfluous.

    It’s about following His lead, voice, and heart. Great post. Thanks.

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  4. Follow the ONE that owns the blessing rather than your appetite for delivery of the blessing.

    That’s an awesome statement. On occasion, I have been guilty of chasing after a blessing and in the process I stop chasing after God.

    God first. The rest will follow.

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