Doctor Who’s Tardis is more than just an old fashioned police box! It has the unique quality of being bigger on the inside than the outside! As we look at the life of King David we see somebody who wanted to grow his inner life: ‘a man after God’s own heart’ (Acts 13:22).
When Samuel anoints David as king (1 Samuel 16) he learns a vital lesson: ‘People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at
the heart’ . What lessons can we learn from this, as we seek to be used by God?
At a difficult point in Israel’s history, when Saul’s kingship had failed, God spoke to Samuel: ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?
Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’
God always has a plan to achieve his purposes, and he wants us to be part of them! He is always trying to communicate them to us; like Samuel, are we alert to what he telling us?
No doubt, Samuel expected choosing a king from among Jesse’s eight sons would be easy! However, it was only when the youngest was brought in from the fields that he recognised the one: ‘Rise and anoint him; this is the one.’ God uses unexpected people as part of his plan, including David and ourselves, when our heart is committed to him!
Even if we feel we have nothing to offer, he can use us in the workplace or with family and friends to make a difference for him.
Finally, we should note that David immediately returned to his flock of sheep, although the Spirit came powerfully upon him. So often God takes us back to ordinary circumstances of life to learn the skills we need to serve him, as well as proving ourselves faithful in the smaller
things before he trusts us with bigger opportunities. Whenever we’re feeling frustrated about God’s timetable don’t forget this!!
God is still looking for people to accomplish his purposes. When God looks at our heart, what does he see? Does God see a heart which is on fire for him, or are we largely indifferent to him or simply lukewarm?
Let’s make it our prayer to be ‘a man or woman after God’s own heart’.
With many peaceful blessings