1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 17:33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
Looks can be deceiving. The world can be a dark, lonely place for people who are judged by their outward appearance–both the beautiful and the not-so-beautiful. Relationships can be very rewarding for those who choose to look inside the heart of others. Samuel wasn’t immune to the call of beauty. He remarked on Saul’s good looks and stature when he was chosen. He assumed Eliab would be king because he was the most like Saul; however, God knew David’s heart. Even as a boy, David relied on God’s provision of strength and protection. David grew in wisdom and stature. He was a man after God’s own heart, and example for us to follow. He took wrong turns along the way, but he repented and returned to the narrow path.
We miss out when we judge others by what’s on the outside. We sometimes get hurt by those who possess outer beauty. Help us see what’s in a person’s heart before we jump to conclusions. Let your light shine in us so others may see You living in us. Amen.