“When God Looks” Part 1 of The Life of David
June 4, 2017

  1. When you think of choosing a person to lead (a team at work, a sports team, a CEO, etc.), what type of individual do you look for? What qualities or abilities are you looking for? What kind of person do you want to fulfill that role? What appearance are you looking for? What stature?
  2. When God is looking for someone to lead (a ministry, a team at work, a sports team, a CEO, a pastor, etc.), what type of individual do you think He is looking for? What qualities or abilities is He looking for? What kind of person does He want to fulfill that role? What appearance is He looking for? What stature?
  3. Read 1 Samuel 16:1 – 13 in 2 or 3 different versions (NIV, NLT, The Message, etc.). God has rejected Saul, and taken His hand off of him as King, and is looking for who will be the next King of Israel. What insights or observations do you have from these verses? What truths do you see here?
  4. In 16:7, what is different about the way God looks at people, and the way we look at them? What is most important to God? What is God looking for? What kind of person does God anoint and find favor with?
  5. Read Acts 13: 16 – 21. What do you see here? What observations or insights do you have about this topic?
  6. 3 insights: 1. ) God looks for those we overlook. In 13:21 what kind of person is God looking for? Are you a person after God’s heart? What does a person after God’s own heart look and act like? Is he/she perfect? 2. ) God looks for those who may not be much to look at, not those who look the part. Does God use those who may not think He can use them? Talk about that. 3. ) God looks for those who never look back. We often look back at our mistakes, sins, regrets, and assume God cannot use us. What does this tell you about those whom God uses? When David sinned, how did he respond to God?
  7. “Where we see a shepherd, God sees a King.” What does that mean? How should we assess and choose friends? Spiritual leaders? Other leaders? People? How should you assess yourself?


1 Samuel 16:1–13

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”

Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.


Acts 13:16–23

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country; 18 for about forty years he endured their conduct e in the wilderness; 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years.

After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21 Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ 23 From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.”