The Fine Art of Failure: Week 4 - Day 3

OPENING PRAYER: 

Father, thank you for the wisdom I find in your Word today. May it guide me and renew me this day.

 

READ:1 Samuel 16:7, NIV

 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

REFLECT: 

We may look at the stories in the Word and the people in them thinking, Wow! That person is amazing. Look at all the things they did for God. I wish I could be like that. We forget that God doesn’t look at outward appearances or status when he chooses warriors for his kingdom. Gideon himself asked God in Judges 6:15, “ Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The story of Gideon is filled with his own doubt in himself. This doubt clouds his vision of God and the plans he has for Gideon. I love the middle of this verse in Samuel. “The Lord does not look at the things people look at.” Praise him for that! How we view people is utterly tainted. We look towards physical attractiveness, gender, social status, and so many other things. God is sovereign: He knows the heart and the full potential of a person. Our hearts are what is important about us, not the things of this world. He sees you for you. No one is “average” in his sight. So even when you feel weighed down by ordinary-ness, remember that God used the “average”, the liars, the adulterers, the rejected, and the broken. He can - he will - use you. You just have to let him.

 

APPLY: 

Take a moment to see yourself as God sees you. Look at your own heart, in all its brokenness, and thank him for choosing you to advance his kingdom.

 

CLOSING PRAYER: 

God, may I begin to see myself and others the way you see them. May I look at the heart instead of being tied up in outward appearances. Have your way in my life.

 

Terry Schneider