Saturday, August 15, 2015

1 Samuel 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 16. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God instructs Samuel to go to a guy named Jesse, who had a son that would take Saul's place as King.
  • David is the runt of his family. When compared to his brothers, he is physically underwhelming. Because of this physical presence (or lack thereof), Samuel didn't expect David to be the one God had chosen to be the next king.
  • Separately, Saul has fallen into a depression due to his blatant disobedience to God. He is bothered by an "evil spirit" and is seeking remedies for his woes. One of his attendants recommends listening to music played on a lyre (a lyre is similar to an acoustic guitar). 
  • David asks where he could find someone to play the lyre. An attendant tells him that he has heard about David, who is great with the lyre. Saul requests David, and finds his lyre-playing to be helpful, so he asks David to stick around. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Most people, including Samuel, expected the next leader of God's people to possess a strong physical presence. However, God is less concerned about how we look and much more concerned about the condition of our heart. Verse 7 says, "People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 
  • We should use this same standard for ourselves. Regardless of how you may feel or appear physically, what is the condition of your heart? We should seek to fully live life with Jesus.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If your soul or heart feels troubled, take steps today to make it healthier. Set aside more time today or this week or this month to talk to God. If you're overwhelmed with life or work, take extra time to rest. Maybe you could seek out other people at Verve who can provide a shoulder for you to lean on and help guide your heart to a healthier place (micro groups are perfect for this).