Appearance or Heart?

May 16, 2020

Word of the day: 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or 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 NIV

Reflect: Please take a moment and think of your personal life. Single person, married, and reflect on how you got together with your spouse. As a leader, reflect on how you chose someone to work beside you in leadership. What did or do you look for personally and professionally?

Discussion Board: Today’s verse talks about leadership. Your personal life can apply to this verse. The Lord told Samuel not to consider physical appearance the focus of looking to take over as King. The Lord wanted Samuel to look for someone with a heart. That is what matters for the Lord to do his work. During reflection, I asked what did you look for as a single person, the person you married, and professionally. Physical looks are the flesh. It is not an excellent example of living by the fruit of the spirit. The heart is what we should be searching for personally and professionally. If you don’t, you will learn the hard way about the flesh and the evil it can bring in your life. The Lord searches every heart. He knows the best if you pray about it. Read 2 Samuel chapter 12 about God sending Nathan to expose David’s sins of adultery and murder. Nobody can’t hide from God. It is best if you come clean about your issues and your sins because God loves us regardless. If you believe you can do things yourself, you are kidding yourself. God can help with that. There is no way we can be ahead of God.

Takeaway: Let’s find a way to be a part of God’s plan and not try to think ahead of him. We hurt ourselves when we do that. Let God bring people in our lives that mean something to us. What are your takeaways from today’s verse?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for your unconditional love. I pray we continue to know what is right and what is wrong. It is easy to get impatient and try to get ahead of you. I pray for self-control. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!