Scripture Read: I Samuel 15 - 16
Title: David Annointed As Next King
(H) Highlight verse: "But the LORD said, 'Do not look upon his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks upon the heart.''" I Samuel 16:7
(E) Explain: Saul continues to be disobedient to the LORD. Because of his disobedience the LORD rejects him as the King of Israel. The LORD commissions Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to find the man who would become the next king. When Samuel arrived he brought out his oldest boy and upon seeing his looks and stature Samuel thought for sure this was the next king. However the LORD told him that he is rejecting this person. God informs Samuel that He is not choosing a king based upon his outer apperance (that already happened with Saul) He is instead looking at the heart of a man. The LORD wants a man who will be obedient to Him and have a heart to serve Him. This man, or should I say boy, is none other than David. He would become the next king. Samuel anoints him and David quickly becomes the armor bearer to Saul. Even though Saul has been rejected by God, he remains king, but he is troubled by evil spirits and his reign is about to unravel.
(A) Application: God looks at the heart and not the appearance. This truth has been one of my favorite scriptures for nearly 25 years. God can and does use anyone for His purposes. He doesn't need stong and beautiful men and women to make an impact for his Kingdom. He doesn't need college educated people to promote His will. He doesn't need men and women with Masters Degrees, PhDs or Doctorates to run his Church. He needs men and women who have pure hearts, and the willingness to be used by God. He desires men and women who are obedent, and humble to be used for His kingdom purposes. God loves to use the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary and this should encourage you today because it encourages me greatly.
(R) Respond: LORD, use me for your Kingdom purposes. I am just an average ordinary man who wants to be used by you. I trust that you have called and commissioned me inspite of my appearance and education. May I be used by you because your Spirit is upon me and because you have anointed me to be your servant.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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