Refuge in the Word l

March  2018


  Text: I Samuel 16:6-12


And it came to pass when They were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, surely The Lord's anointed is before him. But The Lord said unto Samuel, look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature because I have refused him:

for The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance but The Lord looketh on the heart.


King Saul, the first King of Israel, is the people's choice, but a young man by the name of David is God's choice. God looks at us from the inside out, but man likes what he sees on the outside. This is the case that we have with King Saul. He shows who he is by his blatant disobedience in I Samuel 15:22. You and I show that we are Children of our Heavenly Father by the way we show our love to Him. It is not our high and mighty testimonies we give, but whether or not we are obeying Him that counts. A life with Christ is real. It is not a pretense or a put-on.

Samuel looks at this tall, strong, handsome young man by the name of Eliab and feels that this must be the one that God wants to be the next King. I gave you what you wanted, but now I am going to give you who you need. This King is my choice. We too sometimes judge people in our Christian Circles by their looks, by their bank accounts, by the kind of car they drive, and the home they live in. God never judges anyone on that basis; God looks on the heart. Jesse, the father of David and seven other sons, has the oldest to pass before Samuel the Prophet.

Samuel says "The Lord has not chosen these." The Prophet asked if there were any more children? The response is that there is a young boy that takes care of my sheep. Samuel instructs someone to go and bring him home and refuses to sit down until David shows up. David shows up smelling like sheep, "ruddy" (red hair) with a temper to match. The Scripture says that David was of a beautiful countenance. Samuel takes the oil and holds it over the head of the youngest Son, the oil flows. The Spirit of The Lord comes upon David, and The Spirit of The Lord departed from Saul. God now allows Satan to take over his mind, and by God's Divine Providence, the young shepherd boy heads for greatness, but not until he goes to the Wilderness.



Pastor Fred Wesson