We get up and stand in front of the mirror. What to do with that hair?
Then the makeup bag comes out to work its wonders. Eye liner, mascara, some blush all help to make the appearance suitable for heading out into the world; a world that will judge by what they see on the outside.
All that money... fashion, face, diets...so much money and time is spend on looking good.
But looking food for whom? Is it to make yourself feel good? Is it to please others around you? Sure, we all desire to look nice, but so much attention is given to trying to be the perfect woman. What we are missing is that when it comes to pleasing God, HE does not look at the outside appearance at all.
...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 - ask God instructed.
Jesse proceeded to show off seven sons to Samuel, and 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).
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.
It’s not about what people see on our outside. It’s about what God, a loving Father, sees on our inside.
God desires for us to have a "healthy" heart that is full of love for Him, and that is willing to be molded into the woman of faith that HE desires us to be.
So dear friend, take a step closer to Him each day, step into His presence...but sure to keep your heart in top spiritual shape!
David was son number eight, which is a number in Scripture that represents a new beginning.
Begin today to have a stronger spiritual heart.
God knows you inside and out... and HE loves you, you are beautiful indeed!
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