What Does Your Mirror Tell You?
by Helen Dowd

What does your mirror tell you when you gaze into it? Does it tell you that you have kingly, or queenly qualities? I doubt it. I have yet to hear of a person who is entirely satisfied with how he or she looks. When you have been told often enough that you are too fat or too short, or too—anything, you begin to believe it. You begin to think that you are the ugliest person alive.

Well, I have news for you. God does not look on the outside of you. He has a divine microscope to see right inside our being.

I Samuel 16:1-13. This story tells us that God was looking for a king to replace King Saul. King Saul was a tall, handsome—but shy—fellow when Samuel found him and anointed him to be Israel's first king. I Samuel 9 & 10.

It had not been God's first choice for Israel to have a king. God was to be their King. But Israel wanted to be like the nations around them. They wanted a visual king. I Samuel 8:19-22....So at last God gave in to their wishes. And the king He chose was "perfect", as far as man's eyes see. But look what happened? Saul messed up. God told him that He was going to take the kingdom away from him.

Now it was time for God to choose a man of HIS choice.

And where did He tell Samuel to go? To the household of wonderful looking men, the house of Jesse, the Bethlehemite. Samuel was all set up as Jesse called his sons in, in order of age. First came Eliab. He had been chosen to be a soldier for King Saul. He was strong, fit, and according to man's standards, would have made a perfect king. But God did not see Eliab's fine stature. He rejected him. Then came Abinadab, and then Shammah, also soldiers in the king's army. But they, too, were rejected. Samuel was becoming more and more puzzled as he went down the list of Jesse’s son. Jesse did not offer the information that he had an eighth son. He didn’t see the point. He just knew that the "baby of the family" would not be a fit king.

But Samuel, looking at the fine young men God had rejected, persisted, "Are these all the sons you have?"

Jesse hesitated. "Well, there is one more, but—he is just a shepherd lad. He tends the sheep, and runs errands. He's not fit material for a king."

But Samuel insisted that he be sent for. Reluctantly Jesse sent for his youngest son.

Not a lad, but not quiet a man, David came in, all smelling of sheep, and ruddy of complexion. Samuel took one look at him. And Samuel knew that he had found God's choice. So...David, put down by his brothers and ignored by his father, was anointed to be Israel's replacement king.

"Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." I Samuel 16:7b David had a heart that was "right in the sight of the Lord." He was a "man after God's own heart." I Samuel 13:14b.

So next time you feel like a reject, think on this:

Next time you feel unlovely,
Or your mirror says you're plain,
Just think about King David;
Then take a look again.

When God looked for a Monarch,
He passed up seven men.
He had His eye on David—
A shepherd—for His king.
God said to Prophet Samuel,
"King Saul's a sad disgrace.
Go pick from Jesse's children
A king, to take his place.

"The prophet called Eliab,
So handsome and so tall.
"I'm sure this is God's chosen.
He's the finest of them all.
"But God said, "No! Keep searching.
You look with outward eyes.
I look upon the inside.
That's where the true self lies."

Then Samuel said to Jessie,
"Bring on your other sons.
Let each one pass before me:
I'll know God's chosen one."
But Samuel was puzzled,
"Just seven sons you had?"
"Oh no," said father Jesse.
"There's still the shepherd lad.

"Now, there in front of Samuel
Stood David with a sheep.
God spoke: "He is my 'Chosen.'
My Word I know he'll keep."
God saw inside of David.
He knew he loved the Truth.
He didn't see his garment
He didn't mind his youth.

Man sees just on the outside,
But God's eyes search within.
If your heart's right with Jesus,
To Him you are a king.

Does this make you feel any better? No matter what man sees, are you material for a king in God's eyes?

© Helen Dowd.

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