Sunday, August 3, 2014

First Impressions

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.  People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Today’s verse comes from the story in which Samuel went to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons as the new king of Israel.  As Jesse’s oldest son approached, Samuel’s first impression was ‘king’.  But God saw things differently so Samuel continued presenting each of the sons to God.  If you click on the scripture reference above to read the whole story, you’ll learn that Jesse hadn’t even invited his youngest son, David, to the anointing ceremony.

God has an advantage over us.  A person’s heart is part of God’s first impression.  We, on the other hand, have to work hard to look beyond outward appearance and get to know a person’s heart.  This takes time and work.  Fight the flash judgment and look deeper.

This cute 2 minute video by Chris Clements exposed the work I need to do in this regard.  Please watch and share your thoughts.

Do you have a moment to read the context of today’s verse?  Click on the scripture reference to link to a longer portion at Bible Gateway.

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  1. Thank you, Cathy for your delightful post :) Loved Mrs. Edwards ... How true - all it takes is a bit of nudging to help us overcome our fears, which so often deprive us of so many good things in Life like going to church and being part of a loving community.
    As for judging by appearances - sadly it works both ways. Oftentimes we are quick to buy into someone or something because the externals are attractive ... when under the superficial surface there is nothing.
    HUGS <3

    1. Very true, Judy. We are fooled by all kinds of outward appearances. There is eternal truth in the saying 'Beauty is only skin deep'. I try to catch and stop myself when my mind makes judgments.