THURSDAY, JUNE 10
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 16:6-7 (NLT2)
GOD ISN’T FOOLED BY APPEARANCES
When architect Sir Christopher Wren designed the interior of Windsor Town Hall near London in 1689, he built a ceiling supported by pillars. After city fathers had inspected the finished building, they decided the ceiling would not stay up and ordered Wren to put in some more pillars. England’s greatest architect didn’t think the ceiling needed any more support, so he pulled a fast one. He added four pillars that did not do anything — they didn’t even reach the ceiling. The optical illusion fooled the municipal authorities, and today the four sham pillars amuse many tourists. (Nino Lo Bello, European Detours)
Looks can be deceiving. But God is never deceived by the appearance of anything. In Samuel 16:6-7 we learn that just because someone looks like a king, doesn’t mean they are fit to be a king. God was able to see into the hearts of Jesse’s sons and see that David had a heart for Him.
Just because someone appears to be a Christ follower doesn’t mean they are. We may even be able to fool people around us to make them think we are more spiritual than we are but God knows. Matthew 15:8 says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” God knows when our talk doesn’t match our walk. The good news is God knows who we truly are and loves us anyway. Now it’s up to us to give our heart to Jesus and allow Him to transform us from the inside out.
Thank God for knowing the worst about you and still loving you and offering you mercy and grace. Ask God to grow your heart and transform your life to match a heart for Him.