Read I Samuel 16:1-13
When we started our walk through this great Hall of Faith, we discovered a challenge to see differently. To “be sure of what we hope for . . . certain of what we do not see.” Since the first time I read that in Hebrews 11:1, I have intuitively italicized do not so that as I read it I heard “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Our walk through this Hall of Faith is teaching me to shift the italics a bit, however. I’ve just recently started to move them just one word to the left. So now, in my head, it reads “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Subtle, sure. But it reminds me that, although I might not see it, someone does. SomeOne. The One who knows what we don’t. He sees it all. So walking through this great hall of Hebrews 11, we learn to see as God sees. We learn to live accordingly. I call it seeing through faith eyes.
Today, as we approach the David exhibit, we gain some insight into this seeing — God’s eyes that see what we do not. Here, God Himself tells us exactly what He considers when He looks at a man. So that we might regard the same — with His eyes. Faith eyes that trust what He sees, rather than what we see.
In all truth, David could probably have his own wing in this great Hall of Faith. For we know from Scripture that God considered him to be a “man after (His) own heart” (Acts 13:22). By faith, David did many, many things.
Our reading today, though, shows us more of the eyes that God wants us to use than it does of this great man of faith.
We find David in a field with a bunch of stinky sheep, the rest of his family attending what would turn out to be his own coronation banquet with Samuel, the priest of Israel. And as David tends his father’s sheep, God paints a word picture of what He looks for in a man.
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
When God looks at you and me, what does He see? Furthermore, what eyes are we looking through when we see others? When we see life? The ones on our faces or the faith eyes that only come from trusting Him as the Lord of our lives?