Today’s Scripture: But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1¬†Samuel¬†16:7

Have you ever seen someone and thought that because of certain attributes they possessed, they would be particularly good at something? We judge people based on appearances all the time – we think the tall kid in school is probably good at basketball, the pretty coworker gets all the attention from the boss, or the rich uncle who ignores us is a snob. We tend to see things a certain way, when, in fact, many times we are wrong.

We tend to judge based on appearances because that is all we can see. We can’t know someone’s motives or reasoning, so we judge them on their actions or characteristics. However, God warns us about this. Because we don’t see the whole picture, we can wrongly judge others. God sees the heart of man and knows the truth. God sees things that we do not and makes His choice accordingly.

God sent Samuel to Jesse to anoint the next king. When he got there, Jesse had his sons come out before Samuel. When Samuel saw Eliab, he thought surely this was God’s choice. He saw the outward appearance of a king, but God saw his heart and refused him. As Jesse continued to show his sons, God repeatedly said, “No.” Then Samuel asked if there were any more children. Jesse said the youngest was with the sheep, and Samuel told him to send for him. When David came, God told Samuel, “This is he.”

Given the circumstances, we would probably act the same way that Samuel did. We see someone who fits our profile and think it is a good match. When in reality, the heart is the most important thing. Maybe the tall kid in school likes basketball, and maybe he doesn’t. That isn’t based on his stature. Maybe your coworker does get more attention, but maybe she is better at her job. Maybe your rich uncle hides behind the appearance of wealth, but in fact, doesn’t want to show that he doesn’t really have it. Let’s be careful not to judge people solely on appearances.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.