Man Looks At The Outward Appearance, But The Lord Looks At The Heart

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:

Man Looks At The Outward Appearance, But The Lord Looks At The Heart

“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”

1 Samuel 16:7

This is what the Lord said to Samuel, after he had arrived at the house of Jesse, according to the God’s word to him, in order to anoint the next king of Israel.

When Samuel first entered and saw Jesse’s son, Eliab, He thought, “surely the Lord’s anointed is before him” (1 Samuel 16: 7), which provoked God to speak these words about how He sees things differently, from the heart.

Jesse proceeded to show off seven sons to Samuel, and none of these were God’s anointed. Jesse obviously thought his youngest son, David, was so out of the running to be God’s anointed that he had left him out in the field tending sheep.

How was Jesse to realize that, in God’s eyes, He would much prefer a humble young tender of sheep any day over a proud and cocky string of seven sons strutting their stuff.

In this case neither Samuel or Jesse understood what God was truly looking for in His anointed.

Apparently Samuel did not yet understand God’s earlier word He had spoken saying,“ The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people” (1 Samuel 13:14).

When you and I minister to our Lord, we are precisely after the heart of God, which He sees, and He is blessed by the appearance of our hearts before Him. Our “Lord looks at the heart” and ministering to the Lord is a matter of our hearts seeking after His heart.