But the LORD said unto Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance, or at the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Have you ever used the phrase “I have every reason in the world …..”? I sure have. But I was thinking about it. What I’m really saying when I say that is — that I have every reason to do whatever it is I’m doing in the world’s eyes, not necessarily in my heavenly Fathers!
When Samuel was called by God to anoint Israel’s next king, he was sure that God’s choice would be Jesse’s first son Eliab — but he wasn’t exactly what the Lord had in mind. God chose the least likely of Jesse’s sons, David, because he was a man after His own heart! While the world looks carefully on outward appearance, God carefully examines the heart!
When making decisions, we need to be sure to have the heart of God in the matter — not our own reasoning, researching and weighing of circumstances. I’m reminded of the following verses:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,
who gives generously to all without reproach,
and it will be given him.” James 1:5
Are you facing a big decision today? What may seem like the perfect opportunity to us and the world around us may not necessarily be God’s choice! Let’s spend some time praying and seeking the Lord!