7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.”
— 1 Samuel 16:7 (CEB)
This verse occurs in the Old Testament when Samuel is sent by God to anoint David as the next king of Israel. I love how God first preps good ole Samuel with the word to not judge who has been chosen as king by his outward appearance, because “the Lord sees into the heart.”
How often do we make assumptions based on how someone looks? Judge a book by its cover if you will? And this is nothing new, because God was calling Samuel out for doing the same thing years (and years, and years, and years) ago.
Let us remember in this week that we are beautiful in the eyes of God, and as Psalm 139:14-16 says:
“14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.”
In all your glory, fearfully and wonderfully created.
And remember those you met are also.