God's Choice


David Mainse shares four key truths to takeaway from today's verse, "the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 16

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7b

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

The key verse points out several truths: (1) The Lord sees us; (2) Others see us; (3) The Lord sees our hearts; and (4) People see our outward appearance. Lets start with point four. Rather than slavishly following the latest clothing trends, let us ask God if our apparel draws undo attention to us, detracting from our witness. Three: Go ahead and wear our hearts in such a way that people see our hearts. Two: May people see in us the Person of Jesus in all His beauty. One: The old hymn says, “Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.” Samuel found David working his job caring for the sheep while all the rest of the family stood around. God chooses a person whose heart is engaged with life and its responsibilities. Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, I chose you” (John 15). Peter writes, “You are a chosen people.” Why? To “declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).


Lord Jesus, I ask that everyone I meet today will see You. You live in my heart. I am, according to Your Word, the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are looking on my heart. If You see anything that should not be there, please clean it out of me now and forever. May Your love, Your joy, and Your peace be seen by all those with whom I interact. In Your Name I pray, Amen!


While it’s true that Norma-Jean and I are joined as one flesh before God, I’ll still have to stand as an individual at the judgment of the believers. Getting up at 4 a.m. is not Norma-Jean’s calling from God. When we were first married, I asked her to get up and pray with me. That did not go over well. She spends considerable time praying before she sleeps at night. Whereas I’m far too sleepy at night to pray more than a brief, “See You in the morning Lord.” I’m asleep long before my wife finishes praying. So I concluded that between the two of us, we cover more of the 24-hour clock this way. She’s a night person, and I’m a morning person. Fifty-seven years of marriage and we’re still deeply in love. It’s a miracle of God’s grace.

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