SATURDAY, MAY 19
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:8-9, 1 Samuel 16:6-7
2 Samuel 7:8-9 says, “Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.” I can see why God chose King David, but we must remind ourselves of his status and position before his kingship. David as a young person was a shepherd. In many ways he was the least likely leader in his family as a youth and one who had numerous brothers. What did God say to Samuel when the prophet saw the eldest brother, taller than anyone else who probably in physical stature looked a whole lot like King Saul? Here in 1 Samuel 16:6-7 it says, “So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, ‘Surely the LORD’s anointed is before Him!’ But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’” That is quite a statement! When the context is choosing, God Himself does not look on the outward appearance but He looks at the heart! Can we trust God to do that for us? Can we trust God to measure us by our heart? Can we trust God not to weigh outward appearance but to honor the heart? Can we trust God to see what He sees? God is just in all His choices!