We get up and stand in front of the mirror. Wow, that woman looking back at me needs some serious attention! The curling iron gets plugged in, the essential oils get rubbed on the face. Then the makeup bag comes out to work its wonders. Eyeliner, mascara, some blush, all help to make the appearance suitable for heading out into the world; a world that will judge me by what they see on the outside.
All the time and money... so much is spent on clothing, hair, face and nails; all just to look acceptable to the world. We want to look good. But look good for whom? Is it to make ourselves feel good? Is it to please those around us? We try SO hard to be the perfect woman. We may never get halfway there but se strive to get as close to what the world deems is perfect.
The world --- there is the mistake. Women are led to believe it is what the world thinks is beautiful, healthy looking and acceptable in their eyes that is of utmost importance. But women are missing the mark. They are focused on the outside - pleasing a world that can never be pleased, never.
So much emotional pain could be alleviated if women were taught from a young age that what matters in life is the beauty that is "on the inside." There is no need to try to please a world filled with people that most of whom themselves are void of beauty on the inside.
They themselves lack inner beauty and have no concept of the void within that only GOD can fill.
With God living within us my friend, we do not need to strive to please the world. We can be content and filled with inner beauty that will flow out in all we do and say. When it comes to pleasing God, HE does not look at the outside appearance at all... He is looking at your heart.
...man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7
These are the words the Lord spoke to Samuel after Samuel arrived at the house of Jesse. Samuel was there to anoint the next king of Israel - as God instructed.
Jesse proceeded to show off seven sons to Samuel, those he thought were handsome and deserving, and yet none of these were God’s anointed. Jesse obviously thought his youngest son, David, was so out of the running to be God’s anointed - he was the youngest and smaller in stature, and Jesse just let him stay out in the field with the sheep.
BUT in God’s eyes, He would much prefer a humble young tender of sheep any day over a proud and cocky string of seven sons strutting their stuff, thinking they were so appealing. Jesse and Samuel, did not realize just what GOD was looking for in the one who would be HIS anointed king.
Samuel did not seem to understand what God had told him earlier, “ The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people” (1 Samuel 13:14).
Yes, God is looking at the heart.
God is not looking for us to be physically beautiful with perfect features.
God is after our heart, He is so please with the pure heart that loves Him - the heart that is seeking after His heart.
The world will look upon the outer appearance, as God seeks to have your heart and mind.
Maybe you have experienced being pushed aside as David was, left out in the field with the sheep. Maybe you have been considered not good enough to serve in a certain capacity. Be encouraged dear heart!
For God has a plan for your life when HE has your heart.
Be encouraged to ignore the judgement of the world and those who may make you feel inadequate.
Instead fill your heart and mind with the things of GOD... His Word, His promises, His comfort and His spiritual strength. Absorb yourself in HIS Word.
Do not trouble yourself with the words, judgement and standards of the world, for if you live by the standards of the world, you will only find hurt, anxiety and struggle.
I encourage you to joyfully be a humble vessel in the hands of God, with your heart towards Him, because He loves to see a willing heart.
As God looks upon a heart focused on Him...
a heart that loves Him so, like David - He sees a precious site indeed.
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