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Emphasis on Hearts

Emphasis on Hearts

I super love the account in the Bible in 1 Samuel 16 – KJV. God instructed Samuel to go to the home of Jesse with the purpose to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king. Samuel thought that surely Eliab was the anointed of the Lord. The Lord told Samuel that Eliab wasn’t the one. Next was Abinadab; he wasn’t the one either. Then came Shammah, again a son who wasn’t the one. “ . . . Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.” 1 Samuel 16:10 – KJV.

The Lord spoke these words to Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 – KJV, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” What comforts to know that God looks on the heart and that it pleases the Lord when we place emphasis on heart conditions. Often, people are judged on external things rather than that which is most meaningful, the internal matters. Samuel got Jesse to summon David, the youngest son who was keeping the sheep. He was the one who the Lord had chosen to be the anointed king. “. . . And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.” 1 Samuel 16:12 – KJV.

How often are the least expected the ones who develop to shine the brightest? How often are they, for the most part, dismissed only to later flourish beyond the expectations of many? I once worked with a woman whose toddler son I saw in a photograph. There was something about his persona/posture, in that photograph, that struck me strongly within. In essence, I told her that her son was an above average person relative to his character and potential. I never doubted that about him. In his adult years, he struggled. She was, of course, concerned. I assured her that some folks are late bloomers. Lo and behold, that was true about him. Currently, he is excelling. God gets the glory.

Nope, the outward doesn’t always tell the stories. The one who knows that best is the Lord. Hallelujah!

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