THEME: SATISFY GOD DAILY
KEY VERSE: 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
MESSAGE: Samuel before anointed David may have been trying to find someone who looked like Saul to be Israel’s next king because Saul was tall and handsome; he was an impressive looking man. The difference between one human being and another, as God sees us, has little or nothing to do with the size of our house, the kind of car we drive, how much money we have in our pockets or banks, the job we do, or any of these outward things. It is not these things that God is looking at; He is looking at something else – the HEART. The supreme issue with God is – What sort of a HEART have you got? Because human beings cannot see the HEART as God can – but only go to the HEART in a measure through outward things – human beings are very good at disguising their HEARTS. We can disguise what is in our HEARTS with our clothes, accent, jewellery or whatever. God goes straight to the centre, right to the closet of the soul which is the thing He calls here the ‘HEART’. This is why it is so important for you and I to go to CHURCH. It is only as we come to the presence of God that we learn the difference between the outward things of life and our HEART. Nobody else will tell you that. The world is only interested in the peripheral things, the externals of life: how much money, how good looking, what perfume, and what hairstyle. That’s all the world is interest in but God is interested in the REAL YOU. In a sense that is profoundly disturbing because you can’t hide yourself from God as you can from men.
He knows what we are without being confused by those disguises we are apt to put on. In another way this is profoundly comforting because it means that before the Almighty’s gaze, all men are level. Whether they be rich or poor God cares nothing. Whether they be clever or dull, He cares nothing. Whether they have had an exquisite education at UNZA, Nkrumah, CBU, Mulungushi, ZICAS, NIPA, Oxford or Cambridge – He cares nothing. What He wants to know is what you are like in your SOUL and in your HEART. You may be a sweeper of streets or a cleaner of rooms or a ploughboy, or a bus conductor, house cleaner, or not having a job, but if your HEART is RIGHT God is SATISFIED. If you have all the other things and your HEART is NOT RIGHT then God is NOT SATISFIED, and that was the trouble with Saul. Saul was very handsome, very impressive, very personable, very talented in many ways – brave, courageous, intelligent – but his HEART WAS WRONG. This is why we must keep on going to CHURCH and READING THE BIBLE DAY AND NIGHT AND OBEY IT because only the BIBLE tells us these things in plain language which we can understand. IF YOUR HEART IS WRONG OR NOT RIGHT BEFORE GOD, you can not satisfy Him by having higher job position, being the richest in your community or world, having higher education, having good complexion, having good spouce, having a good job, doing his mission work, talking good about Him all the times or trying to attract all outward things seem to be first and good to us. JUST SATISFY GOD BY FOCUSING FIRST ON BEAUTIFYING YOUR HEART WITH HIS WORD AND OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD AND VOICE WHILST ENJOYING ALL THE ACHIEVEMENTS YOU MAY HAVE IN THIS WORLD. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART BECAUSE IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN ANYTHING YOU MAY HAVE IN THIS WORLD.
Ask God to forgive you if you find that the condition of your heart is not good before God. Pray for strength to continue satisfying Him. God judges by faith and character. Therefore, take care and keep your heart pure before God. Don’t spend hours and more money beautifying and maintaining your outward appearance. Satisfy God daily by developing your inner character. By God’s power take some steps to improve your heart’s attitude. Pray God to show you who you can share what you have discovered or learned about God through this devotion. LETS DESIRE TO SATISFY GOD DAILY