1 Samuel 16.1–13
I believe in God as I believe the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!)
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.
When you look, what do you see?
In his quest for Israel’s next king the prophet Samuel went to Jesse’s place in Bethlehem. Jesse had eight sons; Samuel first saw Eliab, a fine, strapping young man. He would make a fitting king for Israel! After all, a king had to be worthy of respect from his men. Samuel liked what he saw.
But God saw things differently. God said to Samuel:
Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
As he went through the list, looking at one son after another, I can imagine that Samuel may have started to doubt this whole enterprise. Perhaps he wondered if he were really on a wild goose chase.
Perhaps there was a note of exasperation in his voice when he asked Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’
The youngest was left, the runt of the litter. Good-looking, but just a kid.
This was the one. Who’d have guessed?
‘The Lord does not see as mortals see …’
So how does the Lord see? Continue reading