Saturday, August 29, 2020

When God tells you to look beyond what the eyes can see

setting sky when God calls you to look beyond what the eyes can see


“Are you open,” asked the tall and wide man filling the entire doorway of the boutique. Despite the ball of anxiety unfurling in the pit of my stomach I smiled at him and replied, “yes. Why don’t you come on in?” The moment the words left my mouth the man began speaking blessings over my life (read more about my story here). I couldn’t believe that this man, who at first sight inspired fear in me, was now speaking life into me. I remember that day now and thank God that He hadn’t allowed me to respond to the gentleman the way my eyes dictated I do. If I had, I would’ve missed out on a blessing. That experience got me thinking though. How many times have we missed out on something special God had in store for us because we didn’t receive the messenger or because we didn’t like the packaging?


1 Samuel 16 verse 7

“But The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16 vs. 7).”

God had rejected King Saul, the king who looked the part, now it was time to appoint a new king. When Samuel saw Eliab, the oldest of Jesse’s sons he thought to himself, surely his eyes had beheld the next king of Israel, but God chastised him to look beyond physical appearance. The one God chose to be king was young-just a boy, least considered amongst his seven brothers, but he was a man after God’s own heart.


King David would go on to be a valiant warrior, a loving shepherd of God’s people, as well as a faithful servant of the Lord. Looking at him, it would have been hard to guess all he’d become, including the king God chose. But God knew his heart. All those years David spent as a shepherd in the wilderness was spent getting to know God and growing in relationship with Him. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t as old, as tall, or as stately as his brothers-he was chosen. His kingship would be a blessing to the entire nation and to all believers.


Challenge yourself to look beyond what the eyes can see in every area of your life because blessings, very often, come in unexpected packages. Hebrews 13 verse 2 says, "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have entertained angels without knowing it." On that night seven or so years ago, The Holy Spirit, caused me to receive a stranger with kindness and as a result, he taught me a lesson I carry around to this day. May God open the eyes of your heart that they might be enlightened to perceive the heart and inner man.  

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