So, how are ya feelin’ this morning? Are you all set to face the day, got all your stuff together, lookin’ good? Or, are you like me, wishing you didn’t have so much to get done, wondering where all your stuff is, and thinking perhaps the mirror adds ten pounds like they say the camera does? Take heart~ God loves us, whatever “shape” we are in! 🙂
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8 (KJV)
You don’t have to have your act together before coming to God. He loves us as is, like that item on the clearance rack. We may not be in perfect shape, we may have a blemish or twelve, but He loves us. And He bought us with the death of Jesus on that cross. Our sins were paid for, and when we embrace that knowledge and accept His gift of salvation, we are washed in Jesus’ blood and clothed in His perfect righteousness.
Back to 1 Samuel, where we learn more about how our God operates…
God told Samuel to quit grieving over the disobedient King Saul. He already had a replacement in mind. “‘I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.'” ~ 1 Samuel 16:1b. So Samuel obediently went to the house of Jesse, and as Jesse’s oldest son came in, Samuel thought, “‘Surely the LORD’s anointed is before Him.'” ~ 1 Samuel 16:6b
Here God reveals more of His nature, a glimpse of His very character, to us:
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
We make observations based on outward appearances. It is our human nature. And guess what? Few of us ever feel like the person in the mirror measures up. Especially in the eyes and expectations of today’s culture. But God doesn’t look at all that stuff. None of that matters to God. What He looks at, what He cares about, is how our heart looks.
Our character. Being a man or woman with a heart for God and for others is what we should care about and work on. How do we do this? With God’s help, of course, and with the power of His Holy Spirit working in our lives. (See Galatians 5:22 for the fruits of the Spirit.) Spending time with God, seeking after Him and the things that please and glorify Him, serving Him, walking with Him, casting our cares upon Him, collapsing in His capable, all-powerful arms…
“‘But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee.'” ~ 1 Samuel 13:14 (KJV)
Don’t be like King Saul, who was handsome in appearance but ugly in character. Be like King David, who God Himself said was “after His own heart”.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ~ Psalm 139:23-24 (KJV)
Written by King David ~ may this desire and prayer be mine, also. Amen!