God looks at the heart
1 Samuel 16:7 – But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges people differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks at the heart.”
Samuel is looking for who God will anoint as the next king of Israel. On his search he was looking out for the attractive, strong and bigly built men of Israel, but God had someone else in mind.
A man called Jesse had all of his sons (except one – David), walk in front of Samuel, in the hope of them being anointed as king. David (who wasn’t as big or physically strong) was left behind tending the sheep. It never even crossed his dad’s mind that David could be the anointed one. We all know the story – David was eventually crowned the king of Israel, by the grace of God.
In a world that is so fixated on appearance, it’s so easy for us to believe that we aren’t and probably never will be good enough. We deal with all of these insecurities to do with our looks – are we big enough? Small enough? Strong enough? Thin enough? Stylish enough?
Too often, we doubt our potential because of how we perceive ourselves. We belittle God’s calling over our lives because we can’t see it happening in our lives.
Stop looking through the eyes of a human. Look to God – the Maker of the universe. Look to the perfect One, who knit you together in your mother’s womb. See yourself as He sees you. He looks at your heart and He sees the person He has always destined you to be. He sees a hope and a future. He sees all of your potential.
God will promote you to the right places at the right time. Have faith that He knows your heart well enough to know when and where.