The Lord looketh on the heart.

In the first book of Samuel, chapter 16, we read of the Lord instructing Samuel to go find a king among Jesse’s sons. Samuel obeys and and travels to find Jesse. When he arrives and announces why he came, Jesse brings forth his sons for Samuel to choose one.

In verse 6 it reads…

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.

Eliab was tall and had a mighty appearance, the kind of man that looked like he could be a great and powerful king. When Samuel saw him, he assumed that Eliab was going to be the one the Lord would tell him to choose. Instead, the Lord rebukes Samuel in verse 7, which says…

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Our stature, our physical strength, or any outward quality that we possess, does not make us who we are. Though we often make judgments about others from the first glimpse of them we get, God does not make such assumptions. He knows our thoughts, our heartfelt desires, our inward pains. He knows the very character of our soul. The Lord chose David to be anointed because He knew David’s heart and character.

I testify that God knows each of us and judges us according to our hearts. Although the world may judge us from what they see on the outside, our Father in Heaven will never do that. To Him, what’s important is what’s inside.


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