Wednesday 1, June 2011
Bible Passage(s): 1 Samuel 16: 1 - 13
Memory Verse: “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” NLT (1 Samuel 16:7)
The events of the past few months in Nigeria have brought the above story into greater perspective. This is the story of how God chose David from amongst his brothers as king over Israel. After God rejected King Saul, the first King that was ordained over Israel, He commanded Prophet Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and anoint one of his sons king over Israel. Note that God did not reveal who amongst the children of Jesse he was to anoint beforehand.
He merely instructed him to go. After some hesitation, Samuel eventually left for Jesse’s house with the horn of oil in his hand. However, upon setting eyes on Eliab, he fell for the beauty of his appearance and personality and wanted to anoint him king. Samuel thought in his heart, ‘yes indeed this is the Lord’s chosen king’. But God stopped him right in his tracks, telling him that Eliab is not the chosen one.
Last month, precisely on the 29th May, President Goodluck Jonathan was inaugurated as President of Nigeria. This is first time in the history of Nigeria when a President will come from one of the minority tribes in Nigeria. He was popularly elected and his election was adjudged free and fair by both local and international observers. Thus he has a popular and credible mandate! There is indeed unanimity across the nation that he is the most preferred leader that Nigerians want at this time.
A look at President Goodluck Jonathan, his manner of speaking, carriage and even his much reported poor and lowly background, does not show him off as the best person to occupy the exalted position in the land, humanly speaking. But God, as stated in the memory verse, does not look at men’s appearance or personality. He looks at the heart. No wonder God declared David his friend, a man after His heart. In so far as ones heart is right with God, He will exalt him above other men. 1 Corinthians 1: 27 -29 says he does not choose the strongest or the wisest to achieve His purpose, rather “….. God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things that are despised by the world, things that are counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” (NLT) Therefore as we proceed in this journey of discovery let us remain steadfast and faithful in our prayers. Let us pray that the Lord will make the President diligent, so that he will make his calling and election sure. The Lord will perform all that He has spoken concerning our nation.
On a personal level, is your heart right before God? You need to humble yourself before the Lord so that in due time He will lift you up. Humility enhances a right heart with God. That is, you come to God without encumbrances, just as you are. No grandstanding or orchestration; just plain and simple, staying faithful at your post, serving the Lord. If you find yourself in a situation you believe is not pleasing enough unto the Lord, repent and go back to God. Do not rely on your strength alone; stay connected and remain faithful to the Lord. Make your heart right and He will bring you into the company of His beloved. The Lord is faithful; He will perform all his promises concerning you.
The Lord bless and keep you, May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore.
Have a wonderful month.