The Problem With God’s Way of Seeing Things


In my time with the Lord today, I was reminded of the passage in 1 Samuel where God has sent the prophet Samuel to the house of man named Jesse to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next king of Israel.  After all the sons have been presented to Samuel, the prophet hears God tell him to anoint David as king.  Apparently David’s appearance was not as physically impressive as his brothers’ appearance because of what we read in 1 Samuel 16:7, which says “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height…The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.  People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'”  As I was reflecting on this passage, it occurred to me that there is a problem here.  You see, if God only looked at us the way other people do, then we could fool God just like we fool other people.  We could put on a front, put on our “Sunday best”, and present to God the image of a righteous, holy, good moral person.  That is how we sometimes get by with hiding the real us from those around us, isn’t it?  We just put on a front and never let them see the real us.  However, the problem with God’s way of seeing things is that He doesn’t look only at our outward appearance.  He looks at our inner man!  In other words, He sees what we are really made of!  He knows whether our confession of faith in Christ is genuine or merely part of the front we put on for others.  He knows whether we are truly following Him with our whole being or whether we are just pretending to be what we think others expect us to be!  I don’t know about you, but I am going to make more of a conscious effort to make sure that my inner being has been truly transformed by the amazing grace and boundless mercy of God!  I want to be sure that when He looks at the real me, He finds “a man after His heart”!

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~ by brotherfaron on May 13, 2010.

4 Responses to “The Problem With God’s Way of Seeing Things”

  1. Amen Brother Phil, We have seen a member of our church confess to some ready deep hurts and sin in the past few weeks. He was able to do so after a year of loving him and teaching him that we can be totally FREE from sin and hurts from our pasted. I think this is why we call it progressive sanctification. It was great to pray with him and see and the demons of his past gone. We are praising the Lord for the freedom he has in Christ.

    I believe people are not set free is because we don’t have a environment of LOVE that will allow them to confess anything.

    Then no matter what is said we are not judging but Loving.

    Trying my beat to be like Christ,
    Bob

    • Great testimony. Thanks for sharing it. I am thankful that visitors to Bethlehem East often report they sense a genuine love in the Body of Christ here. Our love for one another is, after all, the acid test of whether we are following Christ or not! I join you in working to be more like Him!
      In His service,
      Phil

  2. Somehow “Good enough” is no longer good enough. At least He is ready and willing to fix what we cannot.

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