Max Lucado consistently illustrates a point so well. Here are six examples in the Bible of people who were “doing it wrong” or otherwise seemingly didn’t have it all together. Yet God was all over them. It’s easy to gloss over the familiar phrase “God looks at the heart,” but this time literally take it to heart. It all comes down to a decision. Read on…
1 Samuel 16:7 says, “. . .man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Those words were written for misfits and outcasts. God uses them all. Moses ran from justice, but God used him. Jonah ran from God, but God used him. Rahab ran a brothel. Sarah ran out of hope, Lot ran with the wrong crowd, but God used them all. And David? Human eyes saw a gangly teenager, smelling like sheep. Yet the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is the one!” (1 Samuel 16:12).
God saw what no one else saw – a God-seeking heart. David took after God’s heart, because he stayed after God’s heart. In the end, that is all God wants or needs. Others measure your waist size or wallet. Not God. He examines hearts. When he finds one set on Him, He calls it and claims it.
Source: Max Lucado
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