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Appearances Can Be Deceiving

1 Samuel 16:7

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.”

profileWe play a game at Christmas in our family.  When the McDonalds get together for Christmas we all purchase gifts for the game.  We usually place a dollar amount on the gift like $20 and we wrap them and put them in a pile.  We draw numbers and begin the game.

The game goes like this.  Number 1 goes first and can pick any gift in the pile.  Once they touch a gift (no shaking or sizing up the gift by touching it) they must open that gift.  Move to number 2 and the fun begins.  Number 2 can pick another gift from the pile or take the gift that number 1 picked.  If they take number 1’s gift – number 1 must pick another gift from the pile.  As we progress through the numbers the options increase.  For instance – number 10 can take the gift of number 2 and number 2 can take the gift or number 5 and so on.  We have to limit the number of times – per round – that a gift can float the room or we would be at it all night. The game itself is not the focus on the devotional thought today – but rather the fact that you never know what you are getting when the gift is wrapped.  It could be movie tickets wrapped in a lot of paper and in a big box.  It could be a funny gift wrapped in a box that might suggest something else.  We have fun with this game and most times – most family members stay in the game (unless you get a gift no one wants to take – lol).  It can last for hours if we let it.

Appearances can be deceiving.  Who would have ever thought that a babe in a manger would really be the Lord of Lords – the King of Kings? God was about to show Samuel Israel’s next king.  Samuel saw some of David’s brothers and thought surely the king was standing before him.  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.”  1 Samuel 16:7

The baby Jesus – born of lowly position – with no room for Him in Bethlehem – didn’t look like the King of kings or the Lord of lords – but He was the Messiah – God in flesh.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 5, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. As an alphabetically challenged Zoller, I take comfort in the fact that Jesus said, “The last shall be first.” Heh-heh. God is a God of holy surprises. We did this at Manidokan church camp. We’d ask the 5th and 6th graders to line up. The biggest, strongest would clamber to the front of the line, elbowing out everyone who dared to usurp their 1st-ness. Then we would ask the campers to walk with us, with the last leading all the rest. What did they learn? Hopefully, putting yourself first all the time is not God’s way, but neither is putting yourself last!

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  2. Birth order is a subject that has been well discussed in Kevin Leman’s book, The Birth Order Book. My brother and I are sandwiched in between two older and two younger sisters. We do not say we are the middle children. We like to call ourselves the Center Children, or the “meat of the sandwich.” Heh-heh. Sibling rivalries are as old as Cain and Abel, and, just as deadly at times. To God, we matter, eternally, no matter in which order we were born. We’re all His, living to His glory!

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