A friend of mine told me whenever she meets someone she asks this of God: “Lord, show me their heart.”
It’s so easy to measure up a person’s value and personality by their physical appearance. And even when we think we’re going the extra mile by overlooking their appearance and listening to how they speak and what they say, we still fail to see people for who they are.
In order to see the real them we have to look at people in the same way God sees each of us. Because even the most ugliest spirit can hide behind the most beautiful flesh.
When Samuel was instructed to anoint a new king, he laid his eyes upon Eliab and thought Eliab was the new king God wanted. However, not only wasn’t Eliab not chosen by God, but he was rejected by God!
When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord ’s anointed!” 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.”
(1 Samuel 16:6, 7 NLT)
After turning his eyes away from the physical appearance and onto the heart, Samuel was able to clearly see David was to be anointed as king.
Today, don’t let the outward appearances of others fool you. Don’t judge someone as godly and true, or even wicked and impure by the facade the put up. Look at people how our Lord God sees them. You just may be confusing an Eliab with a David.
What other scriptures can you think of that deals with appearances, or matters of the heart?