Are You Focusing on the Function or the Form?

In 2 Samuel 16, God is looking for a new king to replace Saul. Saul was chosen because of his outward appearance. But, as Samuel is looking for a new, God tells him, “Do not look on his outward appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Everything created has a purpose, function, and form. They come in that order. First a purpose is given, which gives rise to a function so that the purpose can be fulfilled. Then a form is given so that the function can be expressed. God starts with purpose, then gives function, then form. Form follows function, as the saying goes.

But, man looks at the outward appearance, or the form first. Saul was a full head taller than everyone. He was handsome. Then, we assume that the form dictates the function. Well…because Saul looked like he did, he should king. They put form before function. This is Satanic!

In Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, we read that Satan’s pride and fall began because he was caught up in how beautiful he was – his form. He ignored the function God gave him – a covering cherub – and because of his form believed he should rule everything, including God. Satan’s God-given function was the most exalted in creation, save being God. Satan tricked Eve into focusing on the form of the tree of knowledge of good and evil instead of the function of the tree of life (she would need it to stay alive). I believe scripture shows that tree of the knowledge of good and evil was big and beautiful but the tree of life was a vine growing along the ground.

I could go on and on (and I am in a book I am writing), but the lesson is not to get caught up in the outward appearance. It can be very deceiving. Focus on the form and you will lose site of your function. Instead, focus on the function and the purpose God wants fulfilled. That is where life is.

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