What is the condition of your heart? Does God really care? The Bible says YES! When God decided to name the second king of Israel, he sent the prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse of Bethlehem. God had rejected the first king of Israel, Saul, because he had turned away from Him and had not carried out His instructions. (I Samuel 15:11). When Samuel got to Jesse’s house, it was not publically known what he was there to do: anoint the new King of Israel. Samuel asked Jesse to bring out his sons. Starting with Eliab, Jesse brought his sons before Samuel one by one. And somehow God was communicating with Samuel his disapproval of each one as the next king. Samuel was so sure of Eliab being the chosen one (apparently he was really good looking in appearance.) 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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
And as each of the sons came before Samuel, God whispered NO to Samuel. Finally, after all seven came by, Samuel asked if these were the only sons of Jesse to which Jesse stated that he had one more, the youngest, tending the sheep.
Samuel sent for David. The scripture describes him as ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. The Lord said YES to this one. 1 Samuel 16:12-13 states “Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one. So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.”
What lesson can we learn from this wonderful biblical story?
One of the lessons we learn is that God is not looking so much at our appearance as at our heart. Our heart. Our culture pushes us to spend so much time and energy on the outward appearance, but clearly the scripture states that God is looking for men and women, boys and girls with pure hearts, good hearts. So I end with a question. What is the condition of your heart today? Is it bitter, angry, resentful, loving, kind, or generous? And what would you need to do to change it even if you wanted to? Dear friend, look to the Bible, look to God, and pray that God will make you a person with a pure heart.
Principle: God cares about the condition of our hearts. God can change the condition of our hearts.