1 Samuel 16:6-7 (CEB)
6When they arrived, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, that must be the Lord’s anointed right in front.
7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.”
Samuel was God’s prophet in Israel during the reign of King Saul. God basically fired Saul for being disobedient and it was up to Samuel to inform the people of God’s choice for his replacement. God sent him to the home of a man named Jesse where he immediately noticed the eldest son, Eliab. We can infer from the passage that Eliab was a good looking young man. There was something about him that Samuel definitely thought looked “kingly.” As it turns out, though, he wasn’t God’s choice.
God reminded Samuel that people can only see outward appearances, but God looks right into a person’s heart.
You know, you can’t fake it before God. I know a true story of people who were leaving a church parking lot after a worship service one Sunday. The driver of one car accidentally pulled out in front of another car. The second driver responded by flipping her middle finger into the air.
We might try to put on a good show. We might go to church and youth group every week. Maybe we’re always wearing the gold crosses our grandmas gave us for confirmation or the cool T-shirts from the last mission trip. These are all great things to do…unless our hearts don’t match up. If our words and actions don’t reflect the love of Christ, then it’s all just a show.
What does God see inside your heart? Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart…point out anything in me that offends you.” Let this be your prayer today.
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