1 Samuel 16- Inward or Outward….

Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 16 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

Here we see God instruct Samuel to go ordain a new King for Israel. God specifically told him which house to go to. Samuel obeyed and went but when he got there and he saw the first child, he automatically assumed he must be the one God was referring to. He had no basis other than the fact that Eliab looked the part. Samuel judged based on the outward appearance.

Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too. When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (v5-7 NLT)

God had to remind him who is in charge of the mission and that He (God) doesn’t reason the way we reason. We look at the outward appearance but at the inside.

We can fool people by our outward appearances but we cant fool God. God knows us inside and out. Jeremiah 1:5  says “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart…”

The standard with which we look at people is completely different from the standard God uses. God is all about whats going on in the inside because if the inside is correct, then it will show in the outward appearance

I pray when God looks at us, He will find us worthy. May our thoughts and inward appearance be acceptable in His sight at all times in Jesus name. Amen

Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening 🙂


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