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His Own Heart

September 2, 2023

1 Samuel 9:2
He had a son whose name was Saul, an impressive young man; and there was not among the children of Israel a more handsome person than he. From his shoulders and upward he was taller than any of the people.

The reign of King Saul started very well, at least, on a personal level.  Israel had the king that they wanted.  Saul was young and handsome, apparently, the most handsome of all the sons of Israel.  He was very tall which gave him the appearance of strength.  He also had an above average head on his shoulders.  Yes!  This would be a king who would bring Israel to the next level.  It would be the protection they sorely needed since they were surrounded by enemies on every side.  Saul looked like a king or as the old saying goes, “he looked the part.”  The leaders of Israel must have been right because the military victories piled up.  He led Israel to victories against the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Arameans, the Philistines, and the Amalekites.

But Saul ultimately failed, not because he looked the part, not because he was handsome, and not because of his height.  Saul had a heart problem.  He was willing to follow the Lord as long as things were clear and easy.  But when there was adversity, he folded because he did not have a firm foundation of faith in God.  Against the Philistines, Samuel the Prophet, and Priest, told Saul to wait for him for seven days at which time Samuel would perform the proper sacrifices before battle.  Well, Samuel was late.  Saul, in a panic and not trusting the situation or God for that matter, illegally offered those sacrifices himself.  Thus, God removed him from being king.  But his removal didn’t happen immediately and in a battle against the Amalekites, he, once again, disobeyed the direct instructions of God and left their king alive as well as many livestock.  Disobeying God and lack of faith was Saul’s MO.

My encouragement for you today comes from a man who isn’t the tallest or the fastest and certainly not the best looking.  I don’t come close in any of those categories, and I do not look kingly.  My outer appearance means nothing.  And most importantly, it means nothing to God.  God looks at the heart.  When the next king of Israel was chosen, it was God who did the choosing.  He chose a man who would obey Him.  He chose a man after His own heart, David.  And David wasn’t perfect.  He committed some very egregious sins during his life, but he had a heart for God and was quick to repent.  Let me ask you a few questions:  You may not be the brightest, or the best, but are you a man or woman after God’s own heart?  Do you seek to please the Lord daily?  Do you sin and quickly repent?  Do you obey Him with the hope that when you see Jesus face to face, He will say to you, “well done, thy good and faithful servant.”

Dave F. 

    ‘69 / ‘76 / Egg Harbor Twp   NJ

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