PEOPLE V. GOD // DECEMBER 4, 2023
Do not consider his height or appearance, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7
While Saul was still on the throne, God asked Samuel to anoint Israel's next king. Why? Saul was mostly concerned with his own image -- what others thought of him -- instead of what God thought of him.
Are we more interested in pleasing people or God? Saul made bad decisions, and it became clear he didn't trust God. So when Samuel went to Jesse's house to anoint one of his sons as king, God was clear that what we look at -- outward appearance -- was not what God sees. Now, we likely won't show up not having brushed our teeth or bothered to change out of our PJs, but when we overemphasize our outward appearance, we can make poor decisions. Saul's tragedy was how wrapped up he became in his own image, prestige and the things men look at. But God wanted to give Israel to David, a man after his own heart.
In a world of social media, are you more interested in what others see in you or in what God sees? Before you quickly answer, give it honest consideration. Saul wasn't aware of his character flaw; he spent his life chasing down David instead of building up Israel. You want to be aware of what people notice about you, but be obsessed with how God views you.