But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
After God had rejected Saul as king He sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to anoint who would become the new king. Jesse began to bring his sons before Samuel, starting with the oldest ones. When he brought Eliab before him, Samuel thought that he must be the new king because he was tall and looked great. God tells him that He does not look at the outward appearances, but at the heart.
It is very easy for a person to look at someone’s appearances and judge who they are. The outward appearances are all that a person has the ability to see. No one can really see into the heart of a person. Along with not seeing in, a person can put up a really false front, making himself look really good, when in reality be very horrible.
Samuel had said earlier that God would rather have obedience than to have a sacrifice. Obedience comes from the inside, from the heart. Outward appearances are a sacrifice. They take time to prepare and work to look just a certain way.
Your heart is what matters the most to God. It will determine what is most important in your life. What you focus your heart on is what you will follow the most. It will be what gives you the drive to go all the way through the tough times.
It is inside the heart that God needed in who would be the next king, not the outward appearance.
It is inside your heart that God needs today to get His work done correctly.
Do not look just at the outward appearance in your life or in the lives of others. Ask God to reveal your heart and the hearts of others to you, so that you can see yourself and others as God sees you and the others.
I pray today that you will have a heart to love and serve God; that you will focus your life on having a heart after God’s own heart; that you will not focus only on outward appearances but on the inside change of heart; and that God will be pleased with your heart.