Saturday, July 04God's Attraction To Men
1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Peter 3:1-4
1 Samuel 16:7 "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.""
Why does God endear Himself to some and pull away from others? Why does God bestow so much on some while others have nothing? Is God partial? What are the criteria for God lifting one and putting down another? Why did God put down Saul and set up David in his place? Why did God choose Abraham? What was special about him? Was he the only one God could have called at that time? Were there others who were not fit for Godâs call?
Why did God bypass the borders of Israel to get to Zarephath to reach that widow? What is it that is of interest to God in men?
The Scripture shows us clearly that it is the heart of man that is of interest to God. In 1 Samuel 16, when Samuel the prophet went to the house of Jesse to anoint a king as commanded by God, he almost mistakenly anointed the wrong person. The man of God looked at the physical appearance of Eliab the first son of Jesse and said "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him."" He judged wrongly because he was considering the physical appearance but God told him that His consideration when he looks at man is the heart. The truth is that our physical appearance makes us attractive to men but it is our hearts that God is interested in. God doesnât choose or reject men because of their height or physical appearance, it is the condition of the heart of man that either attracts or repels God.
Human beings may be deceived by clothes, but God cannot. Psalm 51:6 says "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.""It is the inward parts that God is interested in not the outward, this is why we are to focus on our hearts not on the external.
Other Scriptures for Meditation: Isaiah 66:2; Matthew 23:27-28
My Solid Front (Confession)
In the Name of the Lord Jesus I declare that I keep my heart right before the Lord. I declare that I do not place undue emphasis on my outward appearance to the detriment of my heart. Amen.