An Ordinary Man
January 7 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6:1-18
An Ordinary Man
People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7
READ 1 SAMUEL 16:1Ė7
William Carey was a sickly boy, born to a humble family near Northampton, England. His future didnít look too bright. But God had plans for him. Against all odds, he moved to India, where he brought incredible social reforms and translated the Bible into several Indian languages. He loved God and people, and accomplished many things for God.
David, son of Jesse, was an ordinary young man, the youngest in his family. He was seemingly an insignificant shepherd on the hills of Bethlehem (1 Samuel 16:11-12). Yet God saw Davidís heart and had a plan for him. King Saul had been rejected by God for disobedience. While the prophet Samuel mourned Saulís choices, God called Samuel to anoint a different king, one of Jesseís sons.
When Samuel saw the handsome, tall Eliab, he naturally thought, ďsurely the LORDís anointed stands here before the LORDĒ (v. 6). However, Godís strategy to select a king was much different than Samuelís. In fact, God said no to each of Jesseís sons, except the youngest one. Selecting David as king was definitely not a strategic move from Godís part, or so it seemed at first glance. What would a young shepherd have to offer his community, let alone his country?
How comforting to know that the Lord knows our hearts and has His plans for us.
By Estera Pirosca Escobar
REFLECT & PRAY
Godís priority is your heart.
Dear Lord, thank You that You care more about my heartís attitude toward You than my outward beauty, possessions, or achievements.
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Samuel, whose name means ďheard by God,Ē was Israelís last judge as well as a priest and prophet. Samuel was born during the time of the judges at a turning point in Israelís history. The son of Hannah and Elkanah, Samuel was dedicated to the Lord by his mother. As a little boy, Samuel went to live in the ďhouse of the LORD at Shiloh,Ē the tabernacle (see 1 Samuel 1:24-28). There he was trained under the guidance of the priest Eli, and there he received a special calling from God (3:1-21). Samuel anointed the first king, Saul (chs. 9-10); and in todayís passage we see him preparing to anoint David, Saulís replacement (16:1-13). Alyson Kieda
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