In our last discussion, we began talking about how the Lord looks at the heart of a man or woman, and not their outward appearance.
In 1 Samuel, the young man David is sent to bring food to his older brothers who were supposed to be fighting the Philistine army. When David makes it to the scene, no fight was going on. Goliath, the nine foot giant was daily standing before the Isrealite army mocking God and Isreal. David’s brothers along with the rest of the army are just standing there, staring at this huge scary soldier. But when David sees this, and hears the wicked things this giant was saying, we see by his words what God saw in his heart. His heart was not set on saving his life, he heart was set on the honor of God.
1 Samuel 17:26 Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?"
David is interested in God’s honor. He wants to know why this scumbag is allowed to talk about His God that way and God’s people. Why does David care? He loves God. David wants to honor Him. A vibrant love for God and honor of Him is in his heart.
Remember Eliab? When the prophet goes to David's house to find a King, Samuel looks at Eliab and thinks, "This MUST be the guy!" But remember what God said, "I have rejected this man." What was in Eliab’s heart?
1 Samuel 17:28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, "Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle."
Eliab does not care about God. What is in his heart? Envy, jealously, and offended pride. God saw what was in his heart too.
It is interesting that the bible says God “rejected” Eliab, but David’s other brothers God “did not choose.” The heart of Eliab, filled with bitterness and selfishness, determined the borders of his life. It's like when people are mad because someone else got the raise, or was promoted and they were not, someone else honored and not them. That envious heart condition is shutting down the blessing of God for their lives. Not worth it!
Instead of being envious, honor God. Spend your effort making him look good. He will step over everyone else to get to you and lift you up.
2 Chron. 16:9 "For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."