Look at the Heart

A local library offered a class on “face reading.” The advertisement said that the class would teach how to know what a person is like just by studying their face. I thought about going to the class. Then I remembered the Bible story about Samuel and David, and I decided not to go to the class.

God was not pleased with King Saul. So God sent His prophet, Samuel, to choose another man to be king. Samuel went to the home of Jesse. Seven of Jesse’s sons came before Samuel. 1 Samuel 16:7 tells us what God said to Samuel. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Eliab is tall and handsome, but don’t judge by things like that. God doesn’t look at what people see. People judge by what is on the outside, but the Lord looks at the heart. Eliab is not the right man.’”

Samuel looked at each son and wondered if he was the one God had chosen to be king. But God always said, “No.” Finally Jesse’s youngest son, David, was brought to Samuel. God told Samuel that David was the one He had chosen to be king over Israel.

God does not judge us by the way we look on the outside. He knows that what is in our heart is more important. We should be like God. Ask God to help you see other people as He does.