More Than Meets The Eye

Last night’s and this morning’s world news has been all but eclipsed by the Royal Wedding in England. I must admit that I was extremely disappointed by so much fanfare being paid to one couple when so little attention was being paid to the devastation of so many lives in our own nation.

The fact is, most of the people who have lost their lives will never get the press that the Royal Couple have received.  Please do not confuse what I have written with thoughts that I am against this young couple. I pray they see and submit to the gospel.  However my heart breaks for the mixed up priority system in our world.

This is never any more clear than in I Samuel 16.  The chapter begins with God telling Samuel to move forward and anoint the next king of Israel.  Here is what God said, “I have provided for myself a king among his sons,” 16:1.  God had ordained that one of the sons of a man by the name of Jesse the Bethlehemite would become king.

Jess had eight sons.  Seven of them pass in review before Samuel and each time the Lord said, “He is not the one.” Suddenly we ask ourselves, “where number eight?”  Surely, he would be in the processional.  But he was not in the processional.  He was still very young, a teenager, and he had much to learn.  However Samuel asks for him to be brought.

So what is the deal?  “For the Lord sees not as a man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart,” 16:7. This eight son would be the son that had a heart for God.  Outwardly, he was young, but inwardly he was far stronger than his older brothers because he had a heart for God.

Suddenly the reality of what I just wrote flows deeply into my mind.  How could such a boy have a different heart than his other seven brothers?  This, my brethren, is the very grace of God!!!  God had placed his hand of favor on David.  David would become king and in doing so he would give us a picture of a greater King who would come.

The world would not look on this greater King with favor.  The prophet Isaiah would write about him, “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men…” 53:2-3a.  However the Father would look on Him and say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”  The very Son of God came as prophet, priest, and king.  But the word did not see Him for who He was and still today the word does not see Him for who He is.

But praise be to God that He opened the eyes of David to see. Praise God that He gave David His Spirit, “And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that Day forward,” 16:8.  These were the things that were more than meets the eye.  Only God could do this.

Today, I am so thankful that God has opened my eyes and He is opening people’s eyes around the world to who He is.  This is what makes all the difference. Take heart my brethren.  You may never make this world’s front page, but you made news in heaven because you are loved by a King!  This is truly more than meets the eye.

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