God speaks to us through His Word. He spoke softly into my heart one morning when I came across I Samuel 16:7. That was a long time ago, and I’ve never forgotten how reading His words impacted my life.
We read in I Samuel 16 that Samuel was commissioned by God to visit Jesse and his sons. While there, God would tell Samuel whom to anoint as king. It’s interesting to note that when Eliab was brought before Samuel, his initial response was, “Surely the anointed of the Lord is before Him.” What was it about Eliab that caused Samuel to believe he was possibly the one God would anoint? God Himself gives us the answer in verse 7.
“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 outwear appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Further passages reveal that seven of Jesse’s sons stood before Samuel, yet God anointed none of them. Why? God looked at their hearts just as he had Eliab.
Samuel inquires of Jesse if he had more sons. Jesse replied, “There remains the youngest, and there he is shepherding the flock.” We discover that David was his name, that he was ruddy with beautiful eyes, and a good appearance. Then the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”
Can you image David astonishment upon hearing he was chosen by God to become a king? Why did God choose David? The apostle Paul tells us in Acts 13:22-23, “He raised David to be their king, of whom He testified, saying ‘I found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will fulfill My entire will.’ From this man’s descendants God has raised a Savior for Israel, Jesus, according to His promise.
As God saw into the heart of David, He does with all of us. A reminder that we must never judge a person based on what we see on the outside. God knows everything about a person, we do not.
I can only speak for myself. “Lord, I am so sorry for times I prematurely judged someone. Please forgive me.” And I know from reading His Word, that I am forgiven. I also choose to forgive those who’ve judged me, whether I knew about it or not.
God is the best teacher. When we follow His ways and do what His Word says, we will be people after God’s own heart. God is no respecter of persons. As He did with David, God will fulfill His purpose for us, so we can do our part to advance His kingdom.