“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.'” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV)
Today’s verse comes when God is talking to the prophet, Samuel, about a young shepherd boy to-be-king, David. When Samuel went to meet David’s family, he was impressed by David’s brothers, who were strong, tall, and tested from the hard work of shepherding. God did not want them, though, because He saw something special in David that wasn’t visible by his outward appearance. The message here is essentially, he might not be much to look at now, but I can see what he has inside of him, and it’s something to behold! That’s really something to think about, isn’t it? How often do we judge the proverbial book by its cover without fully taking into account what is on the inside? What was inside David was truly special…he wrote 73 of the Psalms, was anointed king, and known as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
God wants you to know that He is taking account of your life by what’s on the inside, and not the outside. You can try to cover yourself with all kind of glitz and glam, but it’s the posture of your heart that matters most. When you introduce yourself to someone, what do you want them to see? When God looks at your heart, what does He see? Are they different? Are they the same?
God wants you to live the inside-out life. May what He sees on the inside of you be what you show to the world!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for examples like King David in the Bible where I am forced to acknowledge that there are times I might not be much to look at on the outside, but you take account of what is is my heart. Help me to live for you so my outward appearance matches my inside condition. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.