Friday, February 17, 2012

Is God Impressed?

 67Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:
 68But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
 69And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.
 70He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:
 71From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
 72So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. 

Is God Impressed?

When He looks down from heaven upon us, is God impressed? It does not take a great knowledge of the Bible to come to the realization that the things which please us are not necessarily the things which please God. Even from the few verses shown above, we see that God does not "run His train on our tracks."

There are not many Bible men more impressive than Joseph. Sold into slavery by his brothers while still in his youth, and put into prison in Egypt for crimes he did not commit, Joseph did not forget God. No matter where he was, he maintained a faithful testimony. God blessed Joseph abundantly for his faithfulness, raising him up in Egypt until he was second in importance only to Pharaoh, himself. Yet, when his descendants were unfaithful, God did not choose the tribe of Ephraim (Joseph's son), but rather the tribe of Judah to be the ancestors of Jesus.

Why did God choose the tribe of Judah? Judah was the tribe of David. What do we know of David? When in his youth, he was but a shepherd boy; however, God did not look upon his lowly station in life, but looked upon his heart and liked what He saw. This shepherd boy had a heart for God, and though he sinned grievously upon occasion, he never forgot God, his first love. It is not hard, then, to understand why God told Samuel to anoint David as the next king of Israel.

When we ponder the question, "Is God impressed?", what characteristics are important to God? Does God care about our riches, good looks, or intelligence? These are things that easily impress men, but God does not look on the outward appearance to form His assessments of us, but rather, God looks upon our hearts.

It is time that we, as Christians, take the Lord our God seriously. As we look upon our fellow man, let us learn to value integrity of heart, first in ourselves, and then in others. God has the unique ability to know our hearts; all those secret sins which can be hidden from our fellow man are glaringly obvious to the Lord. 

When examining your own life, how will you answer the question, "Is God impressed?" Let us turn our hearts back to the Lord; His opinion is the only one that matters. 

What an amazing God we serve. He saves us, He keeps us, and He gives us the strength and power to live our lives for His glory. Go to Him; He, alone, is our strength and our Redeemer!

God Bless You,
Linda

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