1 Samuel 16: What is the Lord looking for in a human heart?

1 Samuel 16: What is the Lord looking for in a human heart?

 What does it mean to be a man after God’s own heart? (1 Samuel 13:14)

What does it mean to be a man after God’s own heart? (1 Samuel 13:14)

God sends Samuel to anoint a new king, a son of Jesse. Samuel does not announce his intention, out of fear of Saul, but tells the elders of Bethlehem that he has come to sacrifice. Inviting Jesse and his family to the sacrifice, Samuel is impressed with Eliab, Jesse’s oldest son, and is sure this is the one God has chosen as king.

The Lord replies, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Jesse parades all his sons before Samuel, but the Lord chooses none of them. Finally, the youngest son, David, arrives from the field. The Lord says, “He is the one,” so Samuel anoints him. The Spirit of the Lord then comes upon David with power. God has found “a man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).

Next Steps

What does it mean to be a “man after [God’s] own heart? Greg Taylor will be preaching on this November 25, 2018 and is happy to have your input in the comment box below as he prepares.

Prayer

God of love, give us eyes to look upon the hearts of those around us. May we not judge by outward appearance.


 Dr. Gary Holloway is guest writing for The Journey Bible Project Blog.

DR. GARY HOLLOWAY

Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway. 

 
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