While he was reading in the life of David about when Samuel anointed him as king of Israel (1 Samuel 16) my attention was caught by a little phrase in the story that I have never noticed before. This was a surprise in it self since I have been working through 1 and 2 Samuel verse by verse in my personal devotions for a few months.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (I Samuel 16:7 NASB emphasis mine)
I have probably heard a dozen sermons on the 2nd half of this verse. That is not what caught my eye. Honestly every time I have heard or read this story, this verse went down like this:
It’s not Eliab because I have not chosen him. But the verse says I have rejected him.
Think about the difference for a minute.
‘I have not chosen’, could mean ‘I have not considered,’ but ‘I have rejected’ implies that God had already judged Eliab (David’s oldest brother) and found him wanting.
This got me thinking about a few other verses in John Chapter 3. If you, like me, grew up in Church you probably know the first part of this by heart, but did you ever notice John 3:18?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:16-18 NIV emphasis mine)
My point here is that outside of relationship with Jesus Christ, God has already considered our life and found us wanting. We stand condemned, doomed, damned! In Jesus – in a life marked by His Lordship and salvation – we shall not perish, but have eternal life.
And Oh Boy what a life it is. Joy unspeakable and full of glory! Yah God.
This post is not meant to be a downer, but rather an eye opener.
God is Holy, and there is nothing you can do or be on your own to get out from under this condemnation. Jesus was sent for this very reason. You need a savior, and He can be yours today. [Tweet This]
Don’t know where to start? Check out my post from a couple days ago called “The Un-Keepable Law.” There is a simple path at the end of that post that will get you started.