Friday, April 04, 2003

Mike’s Spot On The Wall
Looking For A Pastor
I’m sure Dave would laugh and say “luxury” at my churches trials in finding a new senior pastor. (I think Dave’s church has been through 3 or 4 in the last couple years). But it still is quite a growing experience to be searching God’s heart for something so important to the life of a church. I hope in our desire to fill the position we don’t overstep God’s will for us. I am constantly reminded how Samuel went through all Jesse’s children to find David.

Mike’s Walk
Thinking about King David (as opposed to David King (not that he doesn’t bear close observation))
1 Samuel 16:6-12

  1. When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him."
  2. 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."
  3. Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."
  4. Next Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."
  5. Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these."
  6. And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are these all the children?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep." Then Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here."
  7. So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he."
There is so much here.
How God chooses people in a way that is so very different from how the world does it (anyone who, like me, was chosen last for every team in phys-ed knows what I mean)
How God seems to enjoy finding the least probable candidates for His grace and for His highest callings.
How if we are not careful we might miss God’s best for us by not listening. Samuel had to listen very carefully to hear Gods voice. May I do so as well.

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