There has been a story in the Bible that has always impacted my walk with God. It’s about David, and the beginnings of his life. In 1 Samuel 16, God has told Samuel to go to the town of Bethlehem—the same Bethlehem where Jesus would eventually be born—and find a guy named Jesse. One of Jesse’s sons was going to be the next king.
So Samuel finds Jesse and asks him to bring him his sons. The first one, Eliab, comes to Samuel and God tells Samuel not to choose him. One-by-one the brothers go by and God tells Samuel “no” over and over until they’ve all had their shot. Well, all the brothers except one. David. David’s in the field watching the sheep. They didn’t even bother to get him! Not only did David’s brothers think there was no chance of God choosing him to be king, but his own dad doesn’t even give it a second thought.
Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.”
So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep” (1 Samuel 16:8-11a NIV).
Samuel said, “Send for David; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
So he sent for him and had him brought in...Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one” (1 Samuel 16:11b-12 NIV).
In fact, in the original language, the word David’s dad uses for him here is “Haqqatan.” It doesn’t just mean the “youngest,” it also means “smallest,” “least,” and “weakest.” I can just imagine David’s brothers making fun of him, saying things like “Be quiet, Haqqatan!” or “Get out of here. You’re just a Haqqatan.”
That’s really important for us to know, too. Because when we look in the mirror, we see…
- a fake
- someone who isn’t pretty enough
- someone who isn’t smart enough
- someone who continues to sin and fall short
But there’s one thing you can’t see in the mirror. You can’t see what God sees.
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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7 NIV).
The truth is, God sees something INSIDE of you that you can’t see OUTSIDE of you.
Maybe you have been trying to do the things that God wants you to do—God sees that.
You read your Bible daily—God sees that.
You go to church—God sees that.
Live a holy and righteous life—God sees that.
You spread love to others around you—God sees that.
You may feel that you are, like David, someone who is trying to do the things that God wants you to do—but maybe people don’t see it. This is what you need to know…
God sees your heart, and God will bless you for your heart.
Posted on Tue, August 4, 2015
by Josh Arana