1 Samuel 16:6-7
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.”But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Samuel was led by the Lord to choose a new king, even though Saul was still considered king. However, because Saul had unrepentantly disobeyed God, the Lord head withdraw from him. When Samuel saw the oldest of Jessie’s sons, he may have thought that this tall good looking man must be the chosen one. After all Saul had been chosen because he was handsome and head and shoulders above all of the Israelites.(1)
God, however, had a different criteria for choosing the new king. He looked upon the heart and found David to be a man after His own heart.(2)
(1) 1 Samuel 9:2, (2) 1 Samuel 13:14
As I write this, we are in an election year. We will soon cast votes for the person who will lead our nation for the following four years. How Will we choose that person? Will we look upon the outward appearance or will we pray to be guided by the Holy Spirit to choose as God would choose? Perhaps God’s chose isn’t even inn the ballot. We may need to pray that God changes the heart of the elected person.
Lord, God, our true sovereign, King of the Universe, enlighten us to your will. Help it’s to choose wisely the person to govern us.
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