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Last Tree On The Lot
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be the last tree
on the lot on Christmas Eve? People have passed you by because you were
the wrong size or had gnarled branches or a poor shape or your needles
Perhaps you feel like a rejected Christmas tree. You don't quite
measure up to people's expectations. You think nobody wants you.
There's good news. God doesn't look at you the way people do. He
looks at your heart.
When the prophet Samuel was looking for a person who was qualified
to be the next king of Israel, Jesse paraded his seven oldest sons in
front of him. But the Lord had not chosen any of them. God told Samuel,
"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart"
Jesse's youngest son was out tending the sheep. He wasn't even being
considered. Yet when Samuel found young David, he anointed him as the
one to succeed Saul as king of Israel. The Lord saw in David " a man
after My own heart, who will do all My will" (Acts 13:22).
Today, as back in David's time, the Lord is looking for a heart that
is willing to serve Him. What does He see when He looks at you? - HWR
That I may love Him is my soul's ambition -
Love Him with all my mind and strength and heart,
Seek out His will and choose it, in submission,
And with the joy He only can impart. - Anon
To have a heart for God, give God your heart.
Encourager from Daily Bread; 12/24/2002
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