2013-07-13 - Looking on the Inside
"The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
When the prophet Samuel was sent by God to anoint a king to replace Saul, Samuel expected to find a tall, strong warrior. Samuel instructed Jesse to present seven of his sons for consideration. Yet none of the seven were God's chosen. Instead, David, the youngest and the least likely of Jesse's sons, was God's selected leader. Samuel had been told by the Lord not to consider the physical appearance of the new king. God regarded what was on the inside, to be what was important. God valued David's inner qualities--his character and integrity. He wanted a man who had a loving heart. God was looking for a man who loved Him and loved others. David, the least of Jesse's sons, had the biggest heart.
Today, God still values what is on the inside of our hearts. He looks at our character, integrity, and love. Our society's values are not necessarily the same as God's. Possessions and appearance seem to be more important than our principle, honor, and goodness. Just as God looks at a person's heart, we too should not be mislead by a person's outward show. We should consider what is in their heart. In what condition is your heart today?
Richard Moser, Jr