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Transparency from 1 Samuel

Our church is in a series right now called “The Search for a King” walking through 1 & 2 Samuel. Our small groups team put together a study guide to go along with the series and this week we are in 1 Samuel 16.1-13. In this passage, the key verse my group sat on was v.7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” We talked about the vast implications for each of us with how we view and interact with others. God looks at the heart (or soul) and as God’s people we are to be concerned with God’s concerns. Yet I am so quick to size a person up the minute I meet them. But it goes deeper than this elementary “don’t judge people you dont know” lesson. In your relationships, are you concerned for the heart of others? Maybe the first question is…do you actually know what’s going on with the people you are close to in the down deep core of their life right now? And another question is…what is going on with you down there? And who else knows about it?  I know, this is a little tangential from the passage but not entirely off base. The author could have just told us “God told Samuel to pick David.” But he didn’t. He told us something about David’s heart here. David was leaning on and worshiping God with his life and God pointed to that as David’s qualifications for king.  Application for you to consider: Get transparent with somebody this week. Sounds a little weird right? Probably because you’ve been to proud to. Give it a shot though. Somebody other than you and God should be looking at your life. That’s why he gave us the church. We are a communal people. Don’t deal among God’s people in outward appearances, deal with the heart.

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