God Looks at the Heart
1 Samuel 16:7
“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.’”
After God rejected Saul as king, He sent Samuel to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse, saying that He had chosen one of Jesse’s sons to be king. Samuel is concerned because this could be viewed as an act of sedition or treason, but God reassures him that He is in control.
When Samuel sees the first son, Eliab, he assumes he is the one. He must have had an impressive appearance and a great track record of accomplishments. Samuel is impressed, and thinks his work is done, but the Lord teaches him something very important in today’s passage.
God is not impressed with most of the things the world sees as important. Outward appearances and past accomplishments mean nothing if a person’s heart is not right. Interestingly, 1 Samuel 9:1-2, says that Saul had an impressive appearance, but yesterday we read more about the condition of his heart. The people wanted a king, and God gave them what they wanted. His replacement would be different.
Often times, we get too caught up in appearances and accomplishments, and miss the uniqueness of those around us with plenty to offer in the Kingdom. Let’s try to look deeper. Many priceless jewels go undiscovered. David was a prime example of one who the world would have overlooked.
Tell the Father you desire a heart of discernment and love towards others. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be considerate and inclusive of those around you the world might be rejecting.
Dive Deeper: Study 1 Samuel 16; 1 Samuel 9:1-2.