Yesterday, we saw that God could withdraw from somebody because of things in his/her life. From our text today, the two sons of Adam brought sacrifices to God, one was accepted and the other was rejected. It wasn’t because of the substance of their sacrifices, even though some people have said it was because Cain brought vegetables and Abel brought animal that had blood. No, it had nothing to do with that because they brought the products of their work. Cain was a farmer while Abel took care of cattle, however, God was responding to their hearts.
The same thing happened concerning Eliab. God said, “I have refused him for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.” We must strike a balance between the things that attract God to our life and the things that attract men to our life. We must not sacrifice the things that attract God to our life for the things that attract men to us.
David’s father presented seven of his sons whereas he had eight. David was the eighth child, but he didn’t bring him to the meeting because, in his estimation, David was not qualified. David was just a young man doing well in taking care of the sheep and skillful in playing the harp. But his brothers were tall, huge and were registered in the army. Their father presented them to Prophet Samuel but they had things in their hearts that God could not work with.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive grace to labour and increase in virtues that attract God into my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 19:1-20:48, John 3:22-4:3, Psalm 104:24-35, Proverbs 14:22-24
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