GOD'S UNLIKELY CHOICE FOR A KING - 1 Samuel 16:4-7 - March 19
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This is the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
As March Madness begins, it is the season for upsets. In the Scripture lesson, God provided an "upset" outcome. The prophet Samuel went to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint the new king.
Jesse had 8 sons and the first 7 were presented one by one for Samuel to see. After the 7 had passed by, Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” All of the sons were impressive. They all looked like they could be the next king. However, God told Samuel “Do not look on his appearance…for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Eventually, the last son was brought in. He had been out watching the sheep. He probably had not been included because no one would have expected the youngest brother to be chosen. The youngest brother was David and he was God’s choice.
When God looks at people, God looks at their heart. That’s good for us to remember. We frequently prejudge and misjudge other people. We should remind ourselves to try to see people the way God sees them.