What does the Lord look for? What does He value in our lives? What matters? What’s important.
We see in this passage the Lord tell Samuel, don’t look at the outward, don’t look at the height of a person or their appearance, look at the heart. Look at the inside. Listen to what 1 Samuel 16:6-7 says:
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
At work, at school, at Wal Mart, wherever.
How do you see them? What are you looking at? What are you looking for? What do you see?
The Lord looks at the inside. The Lord looks at the heart. The Lord is not guided by what is on the outside, but what is on the inside.
What about us? What do we look at? What do we look for? What do we see?
Do we judge others for their outward looks? Or do we look inside? Do we look at the heart? Do we look at what truly matters?
This text tells us how God looks at us. And it raises the question, how do we look at others?
Today, how will we?