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1 Samuel 16:7c

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Our culture spends lots of time and money trying to work on our outward appearance. We pay tons of money and spend tons of time trying to lose weight – and to tone up what we have left. We spend major resources on our clothes and on our hair. Some of us even have surgeries to try and improve our outward appearance. We seem to care a lot about our outward appearance.

Today’s passage is found in the midst of God’s rejection of Saul as King. He was the people’s favorite because of his stature and his skill in battle. But as Samuel and God discuss this subject – Samuel saw another that seemed to fit his view of what a king should look like in Eliab – an older brother of David. David – of course – at his tender age – didn’t look anything like a king – but God knew his heart. In the midst of this we read these verses: 1 Samuel 16:6-7 – 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 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.” Continue reading

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God Looks at the Heart

1 Samuel 16:7c

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

112015 Ray McDonaldHow’s your prayer/fast going?  I’ve gotten some private messages – but would love to see some comments in the comment section.  What is God revealing to you?

Today’s passage is found in the midst of God’s rejection of Saul as King.  He was the people’s favorite because of his stature and his skill in battle.  But as Samuel and God discuss this subject – Samuel saw another that seemed to fit his view of what a king should look like in Eliab – an older brother of David.  David – of course – at his tender age – didn’t look anything like a king – but God knew his heart.  In the midst of this we read these verses: 1 Samuel 16:6-7 – 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 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.” Continue reading

March 9, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lord Looks at the Heart

1 Samuel 16:7c

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

RamonBlogToday’s passage is found in the midst of God’s rejection of Saul as King.  He was the people’s favorite because of his stature and his skill in battle.  But as Samuel and God discuss this subject – Samuel saw another that seemed to fit his view of what a king should look like in Eliab – an older brother of David.  David – of course – at his tender age – didn’t look anything like a king – but God knew his heart.  In the midst of this we read these verses: 1 Samuel 16:6-7 – 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 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.”

Have any of us ever judged a book by its cover?  I’ll answer for me and say – of course I have.  At times I was right – but at times I was wrong!  Often appearances develop our thoughts towards a person or situation.  We think we are good judges of people – of situations.  Remember these words – Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  This sounds a lot like one of my favorite sayings – Christianity boils down to attitude – the condition and position of the heart.  It also reminds me of this passage – Philippians 2:5 – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

Starting tomorrow – I have invited 100 people (not significance to the number) to join me as we start a 21 Day fast.  Here was my invitation.  You can find it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/459209134116710/.

Is there anyone out there in FB-land that would like to join me in a 21-Day fast starting January 1st? It doesn’t need to be a full fast.

You can do a Daniel Fast (http://www.daniel-fast.com/) – or a partial fast (fasting from sweets – coffee – sodas – etc.) – or just water and broth – any other type of fast. During the fast I invite you to read the 21 Day Fast reading plan at https://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/35-21-day-fast with me.

If interested we could connect through my blog and encourage each other each day. My devotional thoughts during the 21 days will be about the fast. https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/.

So who is interested? This is not a church event. It is not even an event where you need to go anywhere. Just join us in this fast – seek His face and desire His grace. And expect God to do something in your life!!

Share this on your Facebook page and invite your friends to join us!

I invite the readers of my blog to join in the fast – and share what God is saying to you!  Let God speak as we listen and obey!  My prayer going in is that we won’t judge a book by its cover – but rather we will see all that God wants us to see through the fast!  That we take time to really sit and listen to His voice.  Let God see our heart more clearly than ever before during the fast!

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

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December 31, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast | , , | 1 Comment

   

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