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 sees not as man sees. For man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
In the beginning of this text, God had rejected the current King, Saul because of disobedience to God's command concerning Israel's enemies.
Scripture declares in 1 Samuel 15:22-obedience is better than sacrifice.
Having rejected the current king, God now send the Prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse the Bethlehemite to choose Israel's next king.
We find God's specific instructions in 1 Samuel 16:1-The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king."
The old adage is this:never judge a book by it's cover. Ever heard that before? Well, it is true in everything. Looks can indeed be very deceiving. Scripture does declares that wolves come in sheep clothing.
I know this to be true personally.
The point that is being made in this text is the fact that man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible to the eyes, but the LORD sees the heart. Yes, God searches the inward part of man.
In the world in which we live, many are valued, esteemed, put on pedals, worshiped, judged, promoted, passed over, welcomed, rejected, disrespected, given opportunities and advancement, ignored, denied, turned away, refused needed help, etc based on their outer appearance.
The good news on today is that "outward appearance" is not so with God for scripture declares God is concerned with the "HEART" of the matter.
Having obeyed what the Lord commanded of Him, the Prophet Samuel now arrives at the house of Jesse and informs him that the Lord had sent Him to his house to choose Israel's next king.
Jesse, who had 8 sons, brought out the first 7 and presented them before Samuel.
In vs#6 of this text, Samuel, having seen Jesse oldest son, Eiab and what he looks like in appearances, says to himself "“He has to be the one the Lord has chosen,”
God immediately rejects that thought by telling the Prophet Samuel "do not look at his outward appearance because I have rejected him."
Jesse having paraded all 7 of his favorite sons, before the Prophet Samuel from the eldest to the youngest is now told these words in vs# 10-11-Samuel said, “Jesse, the Lord hasn’t chosen any of these young men.
11 Do you have any more sons?” Yes,” Jesse answered. “My youngest son David is out taking care of the sheep.” “Send for him!” Samuel said. “We won’t start the ceremony until he gets here.”
When David arrived in the house, here is what we are told what God said concerning David in vs#12-So he (Jesse) sent for him (David) and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
Tothe Prophet Samuel, the Lord then said "RISE AND ANOINT HIM, THIS IS THE ONE'!
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!! LOOK AT GOD!!!!
Feeling like you have been at the back of the line too long? Everyone getting promoted but you? WAIT ON GOD!
Why wait on God? One day concerning you and I, God too will say "ANOINT HER OR HIM" for this is the one I, the Lord God has chosen."
One thing of a surety in this life, regardless of what things may look like, regardless of who may be in control at the moment, regardless of what may seem to be against you, regardless of who likes you or don't like you, regardless of who thinks you should be promoted or not, God has the final say so. He is the final authority! God is the "Sovereign God" of the universe!
Scripture declares that "POWER" belong to God. God will use whomever or whatever it is He want to use to fulfill His purpose in our lives.
We must be very careful in our judgment of people based on outer appearance.
Today, many have been overlooked because of their outward appearances, but what you must keep in mind is that God sees not what man sees and what God has for you, it is for you because outer appearance has nothing to do with what God has for us.
David was considered the "black sheep" of of the family but God saw a "King" in David, His servant whom he was preparing to be the future king of His people Israel.
God used sheep herding as the ground of preparation in making David Israel's next king. David had to learn how to fight lions, bears and herd sheep before he could lead God's people.
People of God, keep pushing and pressing your way through for you are indeed making progress in the eyes of God.
Never count out small beginnings. Keep working faithful where you are at right now for God has a purpose for it and a plan for your future to come out of it.
Outward appearances hindering you? Get your focus back on God and watch what God will do for you, in your and through you when it is your time to come up to the front of the line.
David is our encouragement on today people of God!
Your day of anointing for your next position is in God's timing, but it is sure to come.
Look no more at the outward for our God looks inward out! That's enough for me right there!
I don't care what it looks like, if God said it, "TELL HIM THANK YOU" in advance.