1 Samuel 16:7

1 Samuel 16:7

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

When Samuel was told to go anoint the next king of Israel, he did what all of us so often do, judged by appearance and picked the biggest and baddest to be the king. You would have thought he would have learned from the lesson of Saul, who was taller than anyone in the kingdom, but made a terrible leader.

God reminded Samuel He doesn’t look at people the same way man does. He looks at the heart. What is a person’s heart towards God and conversely his heart towards other people? The Lord ultimately chose the small kid who smelled of sheep to be the king and said David was a man after His own heart.

That’s why we need the Holy Spirit to make decisions, so we can look at people from God’s point of view. I could have avoided many mistakes by praying for God’s guidance in decisions. May we surround ourselves with people who have a heart for God.

Praying for guidance,

Pastor Ron Kitchell