He loves bananas, but isn’t a fan of the brown spots.
“That means it’s ripe,” I explained. “The brown spots are a good thing. When the banana is bright yellow on the outside, it hasn’t fully ripened yet.”
Many people, however, feel just the way Kaleb does.
They like their bananas to “look pretty.” But if you consume a banana before it’s ripe, it will be starchy and not very sweet. Furthermore, it can make you feel all bloated and even constipated.
It isn’t until that peel gets those “ugly” brown spots on it that the starch inside converts to natural sugar. After that ripening process is complete, when you bite into it, it tastes oh so good.
“You don’t go by what you see on the outside,” our 16 year old daughter Kyla chimed in. “It may not look good on the outside, but it tastes good inside.”
I nodded approvingly and said, “That’s right.”
She also brought up the watermelon example.
“Some people think the watermelon should be green outside to taste good inside, but actually, it should have a yellow spot on it,” Kyla explained.
She was right again.
That buttery spot is where the watermelon actually sat on the ground and ripened, so it’s a good thing. I talked about that before in a blog post here.
Although looks can be deceiving, we have a tendency to draw conclusions about things as well as people based upon outward appearances.
That’s why in 1 Samuel 16, God warned the prophet Samuel not to make this mistake when choosing Israel’s next king.
You see, after King Saul disobeyed God in 1 Samuel 15, by not utterly destroying the Amalekites as the Lord instructed, he lost the throne.
Although Saul’s demotion was not immediately apparent, in that he was still technically ruler of the people, God had already stripped him. He had someone else in mind for the position.
So God sent Samuel to Bethlehem to choose a successor from among the eight sons of a man named Jesse.
However, God didn’t reveal the person’s identity right away.
The Bible says, when Samuel saw Jesse’s son Eliab, he took one look at him and said, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”
But quickly, God corrected him. He told Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
As you can clearly see, even those who walk closely with God and hear from Him regularly, can be deceived by what they see. The best of us, on occasion, can easily get carried away by the way things appear.
This is why it is so important to stay open to God’s leading. The conclusions you draw from what you see can be totally off as Samuel’s were in 1 Samuel 16.
The person God had chosen to reign in Saul’s stead wasn’t even considered worthy by his natural father Jesse.
His name was David and his Heavenly Father saw in him what others could not see.
David was the anointed one, chosen for that season.
He had been out in the field tending sheep and goats, not even realizing that God was preparing him to be a king.
When David appeared before Saul, the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”
Friend, God wants you to know, you are the one.
You are the one He has chosen. You are the one He has anointed. You are the one He has favored. You are the one He has singled out. You are the one through whom He will receive glory.
It doesn’t matter what your situation looks like. It doesn’t even matter how others perceive you. When God has chosen you, no one can stop His plan for your life.
You are equipped, empowered and enabled to walk in destiny. You have been both anointed and appointed by God.
So don’t let opposition, the opinion of others and most certainly not a low opinion of yourself, prevent you from believing God to do great things for, in and through you.
The next time negative circumstances all around you say you are defeated, forgotten and less-than, remember that the One who is greater than your circumstances has chosen you.
That makes all the difference.
You are His beloved, a vessel of honor, created in His image, crowned with His glory and endowed with divine power.
To remind you that you are special and chosen by the Father, I’m stirring 1 Peter 2:9 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know who you are. You are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ according to Romans 8:17.
You are royalty, a child of the King.
Embrace what God says about you. Adopt His views. Speak His word. See yourself through His eyes.
Even if, like David, you have been counted out by those closest to you, God has already counted you in.
His glory will be revealed in your life.
Now let’s pray.
God, thank You for choosing and anointing me for great things. In times when I feel inferior, small, incapable, and overlooked, please remind me that Your word calls me blessed, loved, favored and chosen. Today, I accept what Your word says about me and reject everything that comes to refute it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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