To be used, or refused

Even if you did not read my last post, you are probably familiar with the second part of 1 Samuel 16:7. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” There is always much emphasis placed on the second part. Of course, it holds a vital truth, a key to understanding the ways of God. But the first part of the verse holds a warning we all would do well to heed.

“Look not on His countenance or on the height of His stature, because I have refused him.”

God had refused Eliab. David’s older brother was tall and good looking. He probably had a lot of other great things going for him too. Samuel was so impressed at the sight of him that he almost anointed him, but God stopped Samuel. Eliab’s heart was not right before God, and as a result God refused to use him as king. Eliab did not have what God wanted the most, a right heart. As David, who was chosen to be king, wrote in Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart O God thou wilt not despise.”

Is your heart truly broken before God? It’s not an easy question. Many Christians surround themselves with Godly things, yet never allow the person of God to truly change them. I would like to encourage you to be a vessel that God can use. Don’t live a life of fake Christianity, never allowing God to transform you. If you do, God will refuse you for service. Like Eliab, He will take the opportunity, and give it to another. Be the person that God can use. He will take you and use your life for greater things than you can imagine.

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it”

Ezekiel 22:30

God is looking for people He can use. Will you be one of them?


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