Fourth Sunday in Lent: Allowing God Into our Hearts

Fourth Sunday in Lent: Allowing God Into our Hearts

1 Samuel 16:1-13

In today’s text, it is clear that the Lord does not look at outside appearance but at the heart. Only God can see what is in the heart. When Samuel was sent to Jesse’s home to anoint the next king of Israel, the Lord had to guide him on which of Jesse’s sons was suitable. God had to remind even Samuel, when Jesse’s sons passed in front of him, that appearance, height or stature were not the attributes important for the next king of Israel.

If Samuel had acted on his own senses, he would have anointed Eliab or Albinadab or Shammah and so on. Still, the king had to come from Jesse’s sons. David, the youngest, the shepherd, qualified to be anointed. The Lord who saw what was in David’s heart chose him over his older brothers who in Samuel’s eyes could have qualified.

This reminds me of the many times I have approached a mango tree with inviting ripe mangoes intending to enjoy a sweet juicy mango fruit. When I take the first bite, I discover that it is rotten inside. That mango tree will only bear fruit suitable to eat when it is sprayed and treated in the flowering season.

This Lent season is our flowering season. Let God’s word spray and treat us so that we can enjoy His anointment.

As we walk with Christ this Lenten season, let us open our hearts to God’s cleansing. Let Him through his son Jesus Christ spray all those maggots that spoil the inside. Let us allow God to come into our hearts and take his place so that we will be worthy to be used for God’s purpose.

Grace Musuka is a United Methodist Women’s Regional Missionary serving the work and leadership of United Methodist Women organizations in Central Africa. 

Posted or updated: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Lent and Easter 2020

February 26: Ash Wednesday
March 1: First Sunday in Lent
March 8: Second Sunday in Lent
March 15: Third Sunday in Lent
March 22: Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 29: Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 5: Palm Sunday
April 9: Maundy Thursday
April 10: Good Friday
April 12: Easter Sunday