Grace Community Church

Forging a Heart for God

Given on January 31, 2010 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
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What characteristics are evident in a person’s life that has a “heart for God”?  What aspects of David’s “less than ideal” home and work environment do you think God used to forge and develop David’s heart for God?

David appears to have been neglected by his family and experienced a lot of solitude in what was considered a very menial occupation. What essential attributes of a heart for God could be forged under those circumstances? .  How did David’s faithfulness in the “little” equip him to later handle the challenges of being king and worship leader for the nation?

In our culture “Image is Everything” and the outward trappings of beauty and success are idolized.  According to verse 7, how does God evaluate a person?  As you look at your life, how does the amount of time you spend crafting your external image compare with the time you give to developing your heart for God?

How does this passage speak to a believer who feels overlooked and trapped in a seemingly insignificant occupation?  What can we do at those times to develop our heart for God?  Is God’s ability to use our lives ever hindered by the circumstances we find ourselves in?