1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) But the Lord said to 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.”
Have you ever heard of or do you remember the stereograms? They were really popular in the 1990’s. (NOTE: very technical definition from Wikipedia) WikiStereograms are a single-image stereogram (SIS), designed to create the visual illusion of a three-dimensional (3D) scene from a two-dimensional image. In order to perceive 3D shapes in these autostereograms, one must overcome the normally automatic coordination between accommodation (focus) and horizontal vergence (angle of one’s eyes). The illusion is one of depth perception and involves stereopsis: depth perception arising from the different perspective each eye has of a three-dimensional scene, called binocular parallax.
There are two ways an autostereogram can be viewed: wall-eyed and cross-eyed. NOW YOU REMEMBER THEM. Most autostereograms are designed to be viewed in only one way, which is usually wall-eyed. Wall-eyed viewing requires that the two eyes adopt a relatively parallel angle, while cross-eyed viewing requires a relatively convergent angle. An image designed for wall-eyed viewing if viewed correctly will appear to pop out of the background, while if viewed cross-eyed it will instead appear as a cut-out behind the background and may be difficult to bring entirely into focus.
The autostereogram was frustrating because not everyone could see the picture inside the picture. Kind of like the scripture for today. In chapter 15 Samuel gave Saul instructions from the Lord to go completely destroy the Amalekite nation-men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels and donkeys.
Saul goes to battle, however he does not follow the instructions of “ALL”. God tells Samuel that He wishes he had never chosen Saul to be king because Saul had not been loyal and he had refused to obey His commandments. After Samuel delivers this bad news to Saul God then sends Samuel to Bethlehem to see Jesse to anoint one of his sons as the next King.
When Samuel arrives and begins to meet the boys he looks at them one by one, and says surely this is the one the Lord has chosen, but one by one, The Lord said no. These young men each looked the part but were not THE ONE. Samuel could not see what God saw. After going through each son Jesse had, Samuel ask if there were any other sons. Jesse says yes, the youngest, which was out in the fields tending the sheep. Jesse sends for David and when he arrives, The Lord tells Samuel “This is the one. Anoint him.” Samuel obeyed The Lord by anointed the one that looked the part the least.
God does not see us the way other people see us. God does not value us the way other people value us. God does not always call the one everyone thinks He will and God often uses the one whom others say can’t be used.
God may have something special for you to do and you have talked yourself out of it because you don’t believe YOU are the one. You may not think you are the one because others have told you that you are not the one. Maybe you think you are not the one because someone else is telling you they are the one. Ask God what He wants you to do and believe in Him, even when you can’t believe in yourself. God doesn’t look at us the way man does because He is God.
Let God use you for something awesome today. YOU ARE VALUED AND YOU ARE LOVED. God sees something in YOU that no one else can see, no matter how much they try or how crosseyed they are.
Can you see what is inside the picture?????