To See As God Sees

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In I Samuel 16 it reads:

“6 When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Next Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers;  . . .”

This is the second posting where the idea of prejudice (positive or negative) has featured. In our story Samuel has gone to the house of Jesse, and the sons of Jesse are brought to him in search of one who would be God’s annointed leader of Israel.  The result is not the tall, muscular Eliab; nor is it any of the “warrior brothers.”  In the end, it is the youngest, sheep-tending son – David – that finds God’s favour.  Outward appearance, or even the “front” many put on in public is not what God sees.  He sees your inner self.

Jesus chose fishermen, tax collectors, and political zealots to follow him.  He did not pick the rich, rabbis, or the powerful.  He saw people who had heart, and the potential to serve.

When we meet people do we look at the surface?  Do we look for potential?  Do we seek to see as God sees?  Lord help us to see the Davids among those we encounter.


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