After God rejected Saul as king, he sent Samuel to anoint Israel’s next leader. Samuel went to Bethlehem, and found Jesse’s house, as God had directed him. Jesse gathered up his sons and each one passed in front of Samuel, beginning with Eliab. We can assume that he was tall, handsome, and appeared “kingly” because as soon as Samuel saw Eliab he said, “He’s the one!” But God intervened with an important warning.
1 Samuel 16:7
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 sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Too often we are mesmerized by outward beauty and physical appearance. For some reason, we equate the outward shell as a sign of worth and value. There is nothing wrong with appearance or beauty. More than once, Scripture describes those who are physically attractive, but when we stop there, we miss the heart. That’s why a continual conversation with God is so important. While we can only see the outward appearance, “the Lord looks on the heart.”
- Father, please forgive me for valuing a person based on their physical appearance. Lord, help me see people with your eyes.
- Lord, don’t let me make this mistake in the lives of my children. May I never value my children based on their appearance. And I pray for my children’s future spouses. Lord, before I see their faces, help me see their hearts.
Keep the conversation going with God throughout the day.
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