In our society today so much emphasis is put on looks. The presentation of ourselves, our homes, our food and our families seems to be what is most important. We scroll social media in hopes to find …
In our society today so much emphasis is put on looks. The presentation of ourselves, our homes, our food and our families seems to be what is most important. We scroll social media in hopes to find an idea to spruce up our mundane Tuesday dinner or the latest decorating trend to jazz up our tired and outdated living room. We search for just the right outfit for work or school. We go to great lengths to make everything beautiful.
I was thinking about this because of my own efforts and I decided to see what the Bible says about appearances. God’s word is never outdated!
We find in 1 Samuel 16 the anointing of King David.
Samuel was at the home of Jesse looking over his sons and as he sees Eliab the Lord has some instructions for him in verse 7. “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.”
This humbles me and I stop to consider the time I put into so many things in my life including my personal appearance. How quick we are to dismiss someone who doesn’t look like we think they should. We judge outward appearances but God does not. He looks at our heart.
So many days my heart needs work! If you read verse 12 you can see that David was what we would consider a “total package.” He was just a young shepherd boy, but the scripture says “he was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.”
We can also look at Isaiah 53. This portion of scripture speaks of the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross. Read each verse of this chapter. It tells a beautiful story of redemption! This is the prophetic description of our salvation, but still people missed it! We do the same thing everyday. When something doesn’t look like we pictured, we quickly push it aside.
Isaiah 53:2 says, “He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
This scripture breaks my heart and reminds me that if Jesus walked among us today we probably wouldn’t give him a second glance. We would quickly dismiss him.
Jesus looks at our heart. He isn’t concerned with how long it took you to put it all together. As a matter of fact what’s on the outside doesn’t even catch his attention. Your heart matters.
Each day it is my prayer that we would put more work into what our heart looks like than our outfit, our food or our home. Sure, beauty is to be admired and a home that is beautifully decorated is a haven for our families, but at what cost? If we are always striving to maintain it what beauty or enjoyment are found?
Reading God’s word and spending time pouring out our hearts to Him in prayer daily is a great way to do “heart work.” We need to evaluate our hearts and get rid of anything that is causing us hurt or anger. We must forgive or even seek forgiveness.
Psalm 139:23-24 is a great prayer. “Search me God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I have recently been working on these very things in my life. I don’t want my heart to become hard or bitter. I want God to see a thankful heart that loves Him and others. Today let’s take another look just like God instructed Samuel to do. Let’s look at the heart and see the beauty that is found within.
Erika Wrench lives in Godwin. Reach her at email@example.com.