DON’T JUDGE BY APPEARANCES-1
1Samuel 17:41 “And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.”
1Samuel 17:42 “And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.”
It is often said that, “First impression or appearance last long”, which is true but only to some extent. Wisdom and experiences has however thought us that appearances could be deceptive.
I often humorously tell people that if I was Goliath I definitely will not fight with David on that faithful day because appearances could be deceptive! Goliath asked for “a man” and they sent him “a boy”, one who is not fit to be enrolled in the army yet and the foolish giant still went ahead to confront him.
Life must not be run on the basis of physical sight alone. If you use your physical eyes to judge, you will always run into error. Samuel was perhaps the greatest prophet in Israel but he actually missed the mark on the occasion of choosing a king for Israel, all because he used his physical eyes.
1Samuel 16:6 “And it came to pass, when they were come that he looked on Eliab, and said Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him.”
1Samuel 16:7 “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.”
Beloved, appearances can be deceptive. Prophet Samuel, as powerful and accurate as he was, he nearly anointed a wrong man as king all because he judged by appearance only. God had to quickly step in before the prophet run into error.
Goliath looked at David and judged based on appearance. He was looking for a man but a boy showed up. He gave in to the dictates of his physical senses and lost his head to the young man.
To be continued…
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