"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
- 1 Samuel 16:7
Though I have heard and read many times how David became a king of Israel and how God chose him to lead His people, it always fascinates me how God see a potential in a man in a way we cannot see.
In the eyes of man, when choosing the rightful person to lead, we often look on what a person has achieved, what are his or her skills and what he or she can bring on the table. But God does not. Knowing this, it brings comfort in me that whenever I'm baffled with my insecurities, I know God does not look at me like other people did.
God chose David to be the next king of His nation not because he is strong or very attractive in the eyes of many people. God chose him because of his heart. David's heart is for God that's why he is called a man after His own heart.
So how does character relates with the heart? Because character is an issue of the heart. If our heart is right before God, our character is the same.
Character is what we are especially when we are in the dark. Did you know that 99% of leadership failures are character issues.
While reputation is only the mere shadow of what a person is, what others will see. It is the external, that most of us prefer to develop because it looks good to others.
David never took care of his reputation, throughout his life his enemies wanted to kill him, yet he trust God. David took care of his character, of his righteousness before God. Then God took care as well of his reputation as a king.
But David's character was not developed in short time, it developed throughout the process of thru extreme pressures of trials and suffering.
If you take care of your character , God will take care of your reputation.
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