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Heart for God

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Reading: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13

Verse Seven: “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”.

Today’s passage is a good reminder of how different we are from God. When hiring for a new opening, we consider different things than God does, depending on the position. If we are looking for a new nuclear engineer there are certain educational qualifications needed. If we are looking for a new starting point guard, there are certain physical attributes we may look for. If we are hiring a new youth director, there are specific tangibles we would have on that list. For each job, there are specific and unique criteria that must be met.

In our passage today, Samuel goes into the interview process to find a new king with certain thoughts in mind. His ideal king would be tall and strong, great in battle, brave and courageous. He would have good leadership skills. As the oldest son, Eliab, passes before him, Samuel thinks, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord”. Not this big, strong man. One by one they pass by and God rejects all seven. Very soon into the process, Samuel gets this reminder from God: “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”. God is saying we must look deeper than the surface. It is the condition of the heart that matters foremost to God.

When we are hiring for our companies (or for our churches), we do try and look beyond the degrees or the work experience of the individual. We also want to know about their work ethic, if they are honest and reliable, and so on. We too dig a little deeper when something important is on the line. After all, we do not want to hire just any engineer or any point guard or any youth director – we want to hire the best one we can.

When hiring for the next king, God began His search deep within the candidates – looking first at the condition of their heart. That was the top of the list. It is usually a bit farther down our hiring lists. But this makes me wonder – if God were hiring a new leader today and He looked at the condition of my heart, would I be hired or would I be passed by? Am I a follower of Jesus whose whole heart is God’s alone? This is what God really desires of us – a heart that belongs to God. May our walk today be faithful to God, loving God with all that we are. May it be so day by day. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Heart for God

  1. GOD KNOWS OUR HEART, KNOWS WHAT WE THINK, AND WHY WE THINK AS WE DO, NO ONE CAN HID ANY OF THAT FROM OUR GREAT GOD. HE KNOWS EVEN WHERE WE ARE.
    GOD KNOWS WHAT WE DO, EVEN WHY WE ARE DOING IT.
    GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OF US.
    AND HE STILL LOVES EACH OF US..

    THERE A , LITTLE OLD MAN IN MY BUILDING I CALL HIM AMAZING JOE, WHEN HE MOVED IN A YEAR A GO, I CALLED HIM A COFFEE CUP DRUNK, AS HE HID HIS BEER IN A COFFEE CUP AND HE TOO MUCH TO DRINK, AND I LET THE MANGER KNOW US OLD LADYS DIDNT LIKE HIS TOO
    DRUNKNESS FRIENDSHIP IN OUR SPACE,
    TODAY JOE HAS NOT HAD A DRINK IN 8 MONTHS HE GOES TO AA, I CAN TELL HE READING HIS BIBLE , FOR WHEN HE SEE ME HE TELLS ME SOMTHING, AND THE ONLY WAY HE LEARN THAT WOULD BE IF HE WAS READING A BIBLE,
    HE HAS A TURN AROUND,
    YESTERDAY WAS HIS BIRTHDAY, SO I GAVE HIM A BIRTHDAY CARD THAT WAS SPECIAL AND TOLD HIM HE WAS AMAZING, AND TO KEEP ON THE PATH WITH GOD. SOMTIMES WHEN IM MOPING AT 4AM, HE GOES OUT FOR A SMOKE AND WILL STOP FOR A MIN. AND SAY SOMTHING HOW GOD IS HELPING HIM. OLD PEOPLE NEED GOD TOO.
    NOT JUST YOUNG,
    IM SO BLESS WE HAVE GOD. HE RIGHT HERE, AND HE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU ALL. , THE BIRDS ARE SINGING THE SUN IS OUT, AND NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS ON THIS BEAUTIFULL DAY,
    GOD IS WITH EACH OF US.
    AS GOD LOVES EACH OF US THE SAME.
    WE ARE BLESSED. I LOVE YOU LORD . IAM THANKFULL .
    😋

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