Outside the Zone of Appearance: David
I Samuel 16:1-13
If you are just now catching up with us, we’ve been discussing that having our hearts perfect toward the Lord is the way we step outside the comfort zone of appearance. Whether it is our own appearance or the appearance of others, God wants us to see people as He sees them. Verse seven of the above-named reference tells us:
Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
In previous posts, the discussion focused on comprehending what God wants us to look past, make invisible, and ignore. From a practical application viewpoint, the last post outlined in detail the four Scriptural steps we can take to disallow our comfort zone of appearance to have the control.
Now to look past our comfort zones even further, let’s view the incredible promises of security God gives to us when we take baby steps, scissor steps or whatever kind of step you take in faith!
When our hearts are perfect towards the Lord, God makes some statements about Himself:
II Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him.
1. He is looking for us; He watches over us. What is it that He longs for us to understand? That He wants to reveal Himself mightily in our lives! It is such a misclaimer that God is mysterious and unknown; His Word tells us the exact opposite. Such security in knowing that God has my backside! He also has every other side. He desires to show us the intimacy with Him that a perfect heart will provoke.
Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect [that which] concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, [endureth] for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
2. Having our hearts perfect toward the Lord is a piece of work. It is! David begged God in the above verse not to stop working on him. In order to have our hearts perfect with the Lord, they must continually be shaped and molded. The promise of security we have in this verse is that all those things we worry about (you know, those little details that keep us awake at night?) Those are the things God will take care of. Not only will He provide, but it will be perfect. His own will and way in His own time.
His mercy is bigger than any worry I haven’t yet conceived.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:
3. He is faithful! He will fulfill his purpose in my life. He is not getting sidetracked when I am. He is not losing focus. He does not take sidebars. He is continually, daily, omnisciently working on keeping my heart perfect toward Him. How? By providing opportunities for me to choose Him. To choose His way. To rely on Him. To be prepared in His name.
And now, pay close attention, because this section brings me to tears every single time I discuss it:
He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.
Look at David’s life: he went from shepherd boy to king of God’s holy nation. How? By a process of great detail. Look at the experiences David had as a shepherd:
Providing care for the maternity ward of the sheepfold crafted character traits of patience, gentleness, and understanding.
Learning to play the harp to an audience of sheep, the dumbest animals on the planet, was the forerunner of serenading to sooth the soul of Saul, his predecessor to the throne.
Killing the lion and bear was the precursor to freeing God’s people from the torment of the giant Goliath.
I don’t know what God has called you to do. Maybe you aren’t so sure either. But through the example of David, the Bible is clear that:
The Lord will bring you THROUGH your comfort zone to the other side when you dare to keep your heart perfect towards Him.
No matter how you appear to others…
No matter how you look at others…
The tapestry God is weaving in your life is exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Ephesians 3:20
Just a tad “outside the zone”, don’t ya think?