| His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. –Psalm 147:10-11
As I read the above verses this morning, my mind immediately drifted to the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14. These two men went up in the temple to pray one day, and the Pharisee stood up and said, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men –robbers, evildoers, adulterers –or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ The tax collector on the other hand stood at a distance, and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Who do you think the Lord delighted in? You can read further into Luke 18 to find out.
When we look back through some of the examples of the people that the Lord delighted in and used in the most incredible ways, you will find that not a single one of them was chosen because of their ‘worthy’ physical attributes or the quality of their ‘resumes/CVs.’ Instead, He based His selections on something a lot deeper than they eyes could see, something that too many of us often overlook in our judgment of each other; He based His selections on the condition of their hearts. The most common example of this was in the selection of David as king. He was the youngest in his family and wasn’t the strongest looking kid, but the Lord saw something that no one else probably ever took the time to notice. The Lord valued something in him that a person would only have seen if they cared enough to take the time to get to know Him.
But the Lord said to Samuel (concerning Saul), “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things that man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” –1 Sam. 16:7 Dear friend, what is the condition of your heart today? Are you in a place where you feel that you are so fit and qualified that the Lord needs your skills to accomplish His purposes? Do you ever feel that the Lord and society would be lucky to have you working for them? Are you like the Pharisee in Luke 18?
You can fool and intimidate the entire world with your words, skills, and physical appearance, but remember that the Lord is not concerned with the strength of the horse or in the legs of a man. Instead, He delights in those who fear Him, those who trust Him, those who love Him, those who make themselves available to Him, and put their hope in Him. Does this explain who you are or who you want to be? There is nothing wrong with having strength or useful skills, but they are utterly useless in the body of Christ if they are not, through the attitude of the heart, converted into availability.
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. -2 Chronicles 16:9. If the Lord can create a fully matured breathing and moving human being out of the dust of the ground, how could we ever think that He needed any material thing from us to accomplish His purposes?
Grace and peace be with you.
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