All of us have a tendency to think God thinks about us the way we think about us.
God has a future for me regardless of what I’ve done.
When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” 1 Sam. 16:6 NLT
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. 1 Sam. 16:7a NLT
God does not see as man sees.
The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7b NLT
What you did yesterday is of far less concern to God than where your heart is today.
God redeems and restores.
In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 1 Sam. 16:10 NLT
Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” 1 Sam. 16:11 NLT
So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” 1 Sam. 16:12 NLT
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came on David. 1 Sam. 16:13 NLT
Take my life, I lay it down,
at the cross where I am found.
All I have to give to you, O God.