A Man After God's Own Heart

September 24, 2017 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: 1 Samuel

Topic: AM Service Passage: 1 Samuel 16:1–16:23

The Lord does not see as men see, looking only on the appearance. Rather, the Lord looks upon the heart. Perhaps nowhere in the Bible is this principle better illustrated than in His choice for the kingship of Israel. Whereas Saul was taller than the other Israelites and looked every part the king, David was an afterthought to men. His father did not even think it important to bring David before the inquiring Samuel. But God knew exactly what Israel needed, and He had prepared David to lead His people. What God wanted was not a kingly looking man, but rather “A Man After God’s Own Heart” (1 Samuel 16:1-23).

I. God Knows
A. Our Struggles
B. His Plans

II. God Sees
A. Our Shortsightedness
B. His Wise Choice

III. God Controls
A. Our Ministry
B. His Outcome

Questions for consideration: (1) What circumstances in life, your family, or the wider country are you struggling with now? How does this passage instruct you to face these struggles? (2) In what ways are you tempted to “look on appearance”? What are the dangers of that? How has the Lord provided a solution to that? (3) If our service to God really depends on His equipping of us, what does that mean for our daily life? Is there a benefit we have from knowing this?

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