Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “But 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.”- 1 Samuel 16:7
Insight: God looks at things very differently than people do. When God was going about anointing the future King of Israel, He told Samuel don’t get all tripped up by the ruggedness or attractiveness or physical stature of some of Jesse’s sons, but rather the one who physically appeared the most unlikely, rutted faced, small little David was to be the one whom he should anoint. God knew something about David’s heart and how it was being prepared due to his love of the Lord to serve Him at the appropriate time. Proximity in the form of time spent in His presence and passion for the Lord will not go unnoticed by God even if the watching world doesn’t see it. While the world saw David as a youngest brother, a little shepherd boy unfit for anything other than what he was doing, God saw a mighty warrior He had been cultivating for a time just like this. One who would run to the battle line to fight that despicable Philistine Giant Goliath in the Lord’s strength while everyone else was cowering.
Dr. Charles Stanley says we should “ask God to make us fit for battle by making us strong in Him. Strengthen your inner person by allowing God to repair what’s broken and by empowering you through His unfailing Holy Spirit. Then you will be the unassailable powerhouse He created you to be.”
God sees things we can’t and He judges things that are hidden to us. He knows everyone’s hearts and intentions. Over time, He rewards those who are loyal to Him and who love Him unconditionally. He allows His own strength to work mightily in them to achieve His desired outcomes.
The question I need to ask myself every day is what does God see in my heart? There are things that need to be cleaned up and dealt with through repentance for sure. But I think He also sees someone who, in his own flawed way, is trying to serve the Lord and is humble enough to admit how desperate he is for Him. As the song Breathe, by Michael Smith goes, “I am desperate for you, I am lost without you.” I rest easier knowing that He cares more about that posture of humility than He does about my looks. If that were not the case I, like King David, would be up a creek without a paddle.
Prayer: King Jesus, strengthen me in You and prepare me for Your purpose so like King David I will run to the battlefield when called. Amen!