Looking Forward

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” read more of the story 1 Samuel 16

This story takes place right after Saul has been told that God will take his kingdom from him and give it to someone else. Samuel has been mourning for Saul and also has refused to go see him since then. God speaks to Samuel and says its time to anoint My next king. He sends Samuel to the town of Bethlehem and tells him He has chosen one of Jesse’s sons.

Samuel sees the oldest son, Eliab, and assumes he must be God’s chosen one. He is the oldest and tallest and strongest and Samuel thinks he would be a good plan to lead Israel in this next season. But God corrects Samuel.. He reminds Samuel that God can always see men’s hearts. He knows what’s really going on inside. God does not look at the things people look at. He looks at the heart.

Maybe as you are looking at your life right now, you can think of a plan for this next season. Maybe it looks good on paper. Maybe it makes the most logical sense or is the cheapest option. Maybe you are going with the option that looks the biggest and strongest. But what does God want for you in this season. Have you asked Him?

Often we look at things so differently than God. We can only see the superficial things…like height. We cannot see the future, or men’s true intentions. We cannot see the heart. As we move forward this week, let us ask God to show us what He sees. And move forward out of that.

Jesus, I cannot see what you see. I need your wisdom, going forward. I need you to show me what Your will is. I lay down control, and my plans. I surrender. I want your will in my life and nothing else.


Olivia schoolDiving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every week. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).