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Thursday, May 11, 2017

God Judges by Faith and Character, not Appearance

In review of 1 Samuel 16:7 it says, “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Bottom Line:
The Lord doesn’t see things the way we do, People judge by appearance, but the Lord look at the heart.

What this means to me:
I shouldn’t think that outward appearance is what really makes me or anyone else right. For the Lord does not see people this way, rather he looks intently at the heart.

In this verse God warned Saul against judging by appearance alone. For when we judge by outward appearance, we overlook quality individuals who lack the particular physical qualities society currently admires. Appearance doesn't reveal what people are really like or what their true value is. God judges by faith and character, not appearance. And because God can see on the inside, only he can accurately judge people. Most people spend hours each week maintaining their outward appearance; they should do even more to develop their inner characters.  While everyone can see your face, only you and God know what your heart really looks like.

What I’m learning is that God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.  Don’t worry about what things look like on the outside; God is still in control. He sees your heart and knows your every thought. While others might reject me for my outward appearance, God says, “you're the exact person for this mission. Get ready, because it’s going to be epic!”

This reminds me of the story of David and the giant. Many strapping men were present, but were afraid. God however had an assignment for David, so he equipped him for the fight.

So I should keep my heart right with God, and never fear the harsh words spoken by those around me. David’s brothers mocked him as he declared he would go out there and take on the giant alone. And as I think about Noah, he built an ark when no one on the face of the early had ever seen one drop of rain. Despite the taunts coming from his neighbors, Noah just kept on building, one board at a time. And then the rains came.

God see my heart and hears my cries. I can trust that He is working all things together for my good, and I can listen for the still, small voice that will lead me to my appointed destiny. And then... get ready for the victory!  Today I should consider what steps I'm taking to improve my heart's attitude.