“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16: 7
God sees not as man sees. Why is this concept so difficult for many of us to grasp? I for one am often consumed with the thought of what other people will think of me. What if I say the wrong the thing? What if I wear the wrong outfit? What if I offend someone by talking about my beliefs? I get so caught up in these thoughts that I often forget to ask myself, “What will God think of about it?”
In 1 Samuel 16, Samuel was sent by God to the house of Jesse to anoint a king whom God had chosen for His people. Based on the verse above, we can gather that Samuel assumed Eliab, the oldest of Jesse to be the king based on his appearance and stature. Samuel was looking at the outward appearance of Eliab, as opposed to what was on the inside. God gave Samuel a new perspective. He wanted Samuel to realize that He does not care about what is on the outside. He does not care for physical strength or good looks. God cares about what is in our hearts. He knew David, a young shepherd boy, had a heart to serve Him. This is what His people needed. They did not need another leader who had a great physical appearance, they needed a leader who loved the Lord and trusted Him with his whole heart. David was that leader.
David was young, but he was also passionate. In a crowd of people who were afraid of Goliath, David trusted in the Lord. His past experiences with lions and bears proved to him that God was in control, not man.
“And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
1 Samuel 17: 37
David did not seem to really give much thought to what man had to say. He knew that God was on his side, and that the battle belonged to Him. He was only a young boy (maybe a teenager) and yet his faith was so strong. I often think about struggles I have faced, and rarely has my faith been this strong. David wasn’t afraid of man because he trusted in a God who is all powerful and mighty! David did not allow fear to dictate his faith. He knew that God would be his deliverer.
“The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17: 44-47
We all know that Goliath was no ordinary man. The Israelites were afraid of this 9 foot giant! Come on, who wouldn’t be?? David in his heart knew that this giant had nothing on God! He may have been physically strong and terrifying, but no battle was too big for the Lord. David’s heart was to know God and to make Him known among the nations. Is this the desire of our hearts, friends? We are often consumed with what the world has to say, and not focused on what God is saying! He is alive and living in us.
The very same God who used young David to defeat a giant, is also wanting to use you for His glory. Don’t allow your circumstances hold you back from fully following the Lord. David’s passion and heart for God is what gave him the strength to face Goliath. If he had relied on his own strength, he would have failed miserably. Instead, he relied on his God to fight this battle for him. His desire was for the world to see how powerful and real God is, and it paid off! I encourage you to seek to serve God with your whole heart. He is looking at what’s in our hearts and wanting to use that for His Kingdom. We have the opportunity to serve Him in might ways! Surrender your fears at His feet and allow Him to transform your heart. Ask God how He can use your life to make His name known among the nations! Give your hearts to Him and watch as He transforms your life.
“Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”
Psalms 37: 3-5