Tuesday, August 3, 2010

God Sees The Heart

1 Samuel 16:7

“But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Why is this such a hard concept to grasp? I don’t know very many people who don’t struggle with this reality on a daily basis. We don’t have to be obsessed with self to forget the importance of a clean heart. We don’t have to be overly vain or self-centered to fool ourselves into thinking the condition of our heart is under lock and key – not visible to God or anyone else.

God looks at our heart because He knows therein lies our true self. The condition of that vital “organ” is the barometer for everything else we do and say. If it is covered with layers of fear, bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy or even indifference, the heart will be uglier than any imaginable disfigurement of our outward appearance.

When beauty, youth and robustness are the standards we use to measure our value or someone else’s value, we are dangerously missing the mark. I say dangerous because when we are distracted from the true measure of a man, we cannot meet their needs. We may miss what God is calling us to do in and for the world.

Pray every day for the eyes of discernment – the eyes that see others as God sees them. And even to see our own hearts for the condition they are in. Only then can we effectively make an eternal difference.


  1. Hi there, Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a great comment. I love this post-it is a good reminder to look at ourselves and others as the Lord does.
    Blessings to you today.

  2. I'm so glad to have a new blogging buddy! Thank you for visiting & following!

    The heart...where we truly are who we ARE! WONDERFUL post! Thank you for your insight.

    And a fellow writer...ah! (Tho' I'll never be such to the degree as you). I look forward to visiting your other blog as well.

    Blessings ~ Merana

  3. In our electronic/photoshop/image world, it's sometimes hard to see into a person's heart. I once read that Corrie ten Boom said the most unused gift of the Holy Spirit was discerning of spirits.

    Love you,

  4. Hi,
    Just found your blog and love your post! Your insights are wonderful. I look forward to following you.