The Dilemma with David’s Brothers (I Samuel 16:5-7)
David’s brothers were each circumcised: a mark of divine ownership. Yet not one of them would fight Goliath. Why not?
1. They allowed the fear of those around them to wear down their faith.
Fear is contagious; if you listen to it long enough, you’ll get infected. Now, you shouldn’t be isolated from the world, but you must be insulated against its’ negative influences. Listening to Goliath wore David’s brothers down. We must ask ourselves. Who are we listening to? Get God’s advice on the matter and build your faith around it. Allow His Word to settle the issue.
2. They had no personal track record to fall back on.
There are no insignificant battles in life. The little battles shape us for the big battles which shape our destiny. The lion he killed as a boy was big, the bear even bigger and Goliath was the largest of them all. David was never intimidated by the giant. I Samuel 17:37, David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. Stand firm on your “God moments”. What you believe in a crisis will be determined by the experiences you’ve had with God in the past.
3. They had looks that impressed but not hearts that sought God.
So, He disqualified them saying, “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.” I Samuel 16:7. David’s spiritual core was formed while observing creation and having fellowship with his Creator Psalm 42:1-2.
Every heart is under the searching eye of God. We tend to be impressed by outward credentials, such as good looks or talent. God is not impressed with such outward appearances; He looks at the heart. God gives Samuel His criteria for picking His man. God was looking for a man of character, not compromise; courage, not cowardice; conviction, not convenience for the moment; consistency, not confusion and changing beliefs. A person’s reputation is important; however, our Lord is much more concerned about character than reputation. Reputation is what we project, what people think of us. It is what we can package, perform, promote and pretend. Character is what God knows we are when no one is around. God's way of thinking is not the same as ours Isaiah 55:8-9.
Point to Ponder:
Today, God is still looking for a man or woman after His own heart today.
Question to Consider:
What does the Lord see when He looks at your heart?
PRAYER: Lord, give me the strength and boldness to always be courageous. When the giants of this life approach me, help me to lean on Your strength to overcome them. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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