Already tried that

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.

They had already tried that. Saul, being a head taller than many others, certainly had a regal bearing, but the humble facade of hiding in the baggage when called to be king soon gave way to erecting statues in his own honor. So Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, and despite being God’s prophet, he saw too much like a man to seek the man who seeks God’s own heart.

David came along, and he was the often-forgotten kid-brother … and young. While such an important figure such as Samuel was visiting his home and all the other brothers were present, David was watching the sheep.

This is the David who would grow up and choose God over his own desires every time (except one, i.e. the Uriah and Bathsheba incident), who would write many of the psalms, and collect money for the building of the temple he knew he would never see because he was a man of blood.

Are you a man after God’s own heart?

Doug Kashorek

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Satan has sold us a bill of goods…

Satan has sold us a bill of goods. He has managed to convince us that human worth ought to be gauged on appearance or productivity. If you can hit a home run, hang a PHD on the end of your name, drive a fancy sports car or command a six-figure salary, then you are somebody. That’s what counts isn’t it? If that is the bottom line, then a lot of us are left discounted and cheap. But where does that leave the aged? the handicapped? the uneducated? What about the unborn baby? They don’t stack up so well, do they? But Jesus came to set things straight. Jesus came to reaffirm the value of every human being and to tell us that value is not based on good looks or great performance. It is inborn. I count and you count because we both are made in the image of God. That is why Jesus singled out those Satan had hung bargain-basement price tags on and reaffirmed their worth. We all count with God. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

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