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
In preparing for dramas, characters are dressed in such a way to send a message to the audience of who they are, their character, and perhaps personality. It can be fun when a character is perceived a certain way by the audience and then when the actor starts speaking, the audience finds out they may be the direct opposite of what they thought.
What we see is the first “truth” we put in our mind. It may not be the real truth, but it’s what we first think we understand. Look at how the presidential candidates work hard at their image to be the most likable person for the job. Many of us take a lot of time and energy to work on the outside shell of our bodies to send a message of how we want people to see us. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I wonder how much time and energy we put forth to beautify ourselves inside. What is more important?
God says he looks at the inside. Our heart is what matters to him. So we need to ask ourselves the question: Do we want to please God or people?
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for knowing who I am inside and out. I pray that I use my time wisely in the beautification process to your glory. Amen
Faith Tip: Figure out how much time you spent today in achieving a perfect look, and then consider how much time you spent on the inside heart matters.