Do you see their clothing? Do you see their appearance? What do you see?
What do you take away from an encounter with someone? I’m a big believer in first impressions. I always try to make the best one I can, and I always value the first impressions I have other people. I take away that first impression, almost every time.
Today in a passage from 1 Samuel, we read about Samuel going out to anoint the next king of Israel. The Lord has told him that He has rejected Saul, and it is it raise up the one that would be next king, the one that would truly lead God’s people.
This is what we read:
When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” 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.”
Eliab looked the part. He had a good appearance. He made a good first impression. But he wasn’t the one that the Lord wanted.
If Samuel had gone with what he was looking at, at had gone with his impression, he would have missed what God was trying to do there. Samuel was looking at the outside.
God was looking at the inside.
Today, with your dealings with others, what are you looking at? Are you looking at the outside? Or are you looking at the inside?
Are looking for the stuff of God? Or are you looking for the stuff of man?
Samuel almost missed what God wanted to do because he was looking at the wrong thing. He was looking in the wrong way. He was looking at the wrong stuff.
He was looking at the outside.
God looks inward. God looks at the heart. God looks at what really matters.
Not the clothes, the appearance, the status, the anything else.
He looks at the heart.
Today, what you are looking at?