As you go through this devotional and ponder on the words in it, it is my prayer that it builds something within you. I sincerely pray that this wisdom will leap in your heart and make you be a success in your spheres of life.
I will be tackling the question of character today as it relates to the wisdom of God.
As I was going through my Tweeter timeline a few months back, I stumbled on a story of two local celebrities in South Africa. It was told that a young man (who is a local musician) left his girlfriend (a local DJ) for another woman (a radio and TV presenter). This young man was convinced that he had met the woman of her dreams. In fact, this was described as the power couple of South Africa. When I went through the tweeter feeds and assessed these celebrities, I could tell that this relationship would not last. I told my wife that these two couples would not last and she should watch and see what happens with them. A few weeks ago, I learned that this couple abruptly ended their relationship and everyone in the media looked perplexed.
You might wonder how I knew that the relationship was destined to fail. The answer is very simple. These two couples were all about their reputations and had no relationship going on between them.
There is a difference between reputation and relationship. When a person tries to project an image of themselves to you; that is reputation. Our reputation is what we aspire for others to think about us, while our character is what we know about ourselves. Reputation is primarily external it can be altered and manipulated to suit people, occasions and conditions. In addition, it being external, it involves our ego. A good character is built from the inside and can’t be altered. Here is what the Bible says.
1 Samuel 16:7 “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”.
The Bible speaks of a Prophet called Samuel whom God sent to the house of a man called Jesse to anoint one of his sons to become king of Israel. The Bible says that as the Prophet walked into the house, he asked Jesse to line up all his sons. Jesse brought out seven of his sons. As they walked by the Prophet, he saw how one of the sons of Jesse (Eliab) was well built, looked handsome and the Prophet was eager to anoint Eliab as the next king. But God rejected Eliab and told the Prophet Samuel why He did so. God said man looks at the outward appearance (reputation) but God looks at the heart (character). When the Prophet asked Jesse whether he had another son, he replied that he had one son who was a young lad taking care of the sheep. When this young man (David) came in; God told the Prophet that this was the selected king and David was anointed by the Prophet Samuel.
1 Samuel 16:12-13 “And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah”.
God does not look at our reputation. He looks at our relationship and our character. David fellowshipped with God as he looked after the sheep in the wild. People with good character are those who have built good relationships with others. Character is the glue that holds values in victories, integrity in ambition, right choices with consequences and values people more than performance. A good character will sustain you over the long run. A good character is the raw material that helps you build a lifetime legacy.
You may be considering to get married and you are looking for the right suitor; it is my prayer that you see beyond what meets the eye. Maybe you are considering a career move and you are at a point in your life where you do not know which direction to go; I pray that your spiritual eyes would be opened to see what others can’t see.
Father, thank you for this revelation. Grant me the wisdom to excel in life and build a godly character. Give me the grace to connect with those around me and become useful in their lives. Grant me a good relationship with my brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and loved ones in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen
May you exercise divine wisdom today,