Daily Devotion For Sunday March 26, 2017

1 Samuel 16:1-13 (KJV)

Sunday, March 26
1 Samuel 16:1-13 (KJV)

1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.
3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.
6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
7 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.
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.
11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

In this verse from looking at David, the smallest of his brother and not the strongest in most eyes, Jesse had decided that David was not the best to be anointed of his sons and wondered why God would favor him above his other sons.
When I was in sixth grade I met a girl named Andrea. I instantly did not like her, she looked preppy. She wasn’t smiling and bubbly so she must be snobby. I had all kinds of opinions about this girl I just met and decided I didn’t like her much at all. One day we were paired in class for some exercise, and not being rude I decided to strike some conversation with her. Come to find out, we had a lot in common and she was not as bubbly because she was shy. She was not snobby or preppy and I really liked her. She was smart and liked to sing and her family was amazing too! She just as quickly became my best friend of sixth grade, and just think, if I would have never been paired with her I would still be despising her.
People are not always what we assume. People have magic in them that’s not always easy to see with out eyes! We must learn to look deeper into people’s souls like God did with David and not judge books by their covers.
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