I Samuel 16: 6-7
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
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"Don't look at outward appearance; Look at the heart." Sounds good. Sounds true. We all nod our heads and say, "Amen!" We all recognize that we are likely more beast than beauty. We want to be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. Preach it! It is what is on the inside that counts! Praise Jesus!
So.....exactly how do WE do that? God can see that way. God can see our character, our heart. He understands what we mean when we speak inartfully and trip over our tongues. God knows our good intentions. To be honest, God knows the rest of the ugly picture about our hearts and our character too. In the end, God would choose David as King not because of his "beautiful eyes" or some undisclosed information about his heart. God chose David because God chose David. We spend alot of human energy on how we want to be judged by God and by other people. We are encouraged to look at God's heart and letting it change us from the inside out.
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Your heart, O Lord, is always bigger than I expect. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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