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The Third Week in June

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According to a quick Google search, sight is usually listed as the most important sense. We perceive so much through our eyes! We protect ourselves, watching out for what might get in our way. We evaluate the world around us, looking for cues to see if something is strange or familiar. We experience beauty and color and so much more. So isn’t it interesting that a common theme for today is not using our eyes? God explicitly tells Samuel not to look at the appearance of the person he’s selecting. 2 Corinthians tells us that we walk by faith and not by sight. Even Jesus’s comparison of the Kingdom of God to the mustard seed involves putting the seed not in front of everyone to see but out of sight. 

How often do we try to figure everything out on our own? How often do we look to the world around us to give us answers about what’s in and what’s out, what’s acceptable and what’s not? God isn’t telling us to ignore what we see or to walk around with blindfolds on, but we’re challenged to consider something deeper than what’s right in front of us. David was chosen to be king because of his heart. Are we willing to look at someone’s heart instead of what the world tells us matters more? We walk by faith, not by sight. Are we willing to take the chance to let God lead us, even when we can’t see what comes next? The mustard seed grew into something great, even though it took time and patience. Are we able to wait for God to work in our lives?

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah. 35 Samuel never saw Saul again before he died, but he grieved over Saul. However, the LORD regretted making Saul king over Israel. 

16 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long are you going to grieve over Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and get going. I’m sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because I have found my next king among his sons.” 

2 “How can I do that?” Samuel asked. “When Saul hears of it he’ll kill me!” 

“Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say, ‘I have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will make clear to you what you should do. You will anoint for me the person I point out to you.” 

4 Samuel did what the LORD instructed. When he came to Bethlehem, the city elders came to meet him. They were shaking with fear. “Do you come in peace?” they asked. 

5 “Yes,” Samuel answered. “I’ve come to make a sacrifice to the LORD. Now make yourselves holy, then come with me to the sacrifice.” Samuel made Jesse and his sons holy and invited them to the sacrifice as well. 

6 When they arrived, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, that must be the LORD’s anointed right in front. 

7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the LORD sees into the heart.” 

8 Next Jesse called for Abinadab, who presented himself to Samuel, but he said, “The LORD hasn’t chosen this one either.” 9 So Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, “No, the LORD hasn’t chosen this one.” 10 Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD hasn’t picked any of these.” 11 Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Is that all of your boys?” 

“There is still the youngest one,” Jesse answered, “but he’s out keeping the sheep.” 

“Send for him,” Samuel told Jesse, “because we can’t proceed until he gets here.”

12 So Jesse sent and brought him in. He was reddish brown, had beautiful eyes, and was good-looking. The LORD said, “That’s the one. Go anoint him.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him right there in front of his brothers. The LORD’s spirit came over David from that point forward.