Today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 16: 7 where GOD says to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height…’. Then GOD says, ‘The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’.
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, 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 (NIV).”
This verse of Scripture is very important and instructive in our world today. Looks is almost everything; people sell their looks and bodies, and most people are judged depending on how they look. Good-looking people are usually complimented and admired. Almost every magazine, newspaper, website etc, have advertisements that feature people deemed to be good-looking or sexy and are about looking good or sexy. For example, an advertisement about hairspray or hair products could feature a girl with a tiny waist in a bikini or a guy with six-pack abs.
I am not going to lie and say that looks do not matter. They do in our world. But, the good thing is they do not matter to GOD. Men look at outward appearances, but GOD looks at the heart. Moreover, do not work to comply with men’s requirements; rather work to be commended by GOD. It is the one GOD commends that is approved (2 Corinthians 10: 18:). When I was growing up, I saw how almost everyone around me worked so hard to have the kind of ‘sexy’ image projected by the media. I went through that phase myself; I almost became anorexic as a result, but thank GOD for saving me.
Thank GOD for beautiful and good-looking people. I have an eye for beauty; I appreciate it all the time. Sometimes I say, ‘Wow, GOD created that beautiful person; HE is so Awesome’. But, I am careful not to covet someone else’s looks. You know, there is beauty in variety. If we all looked the same, ‘beauty’ would not be obvious.
My message is: you are beautiful in your own special GOD-way. So-called ‘good-looking’ people always meet people even more good-looking than they are, so it’s no big deal. Everybody is beautiful in their own GOD-way. The question is: are you ready to make the best of what GOD has given you? GOD gave you something really special that nobody else has. Besides, there are strengths you have that will project you to prominence than looks would have done. Rather concentrate your energy on developing your strengths and looking your best, than coveting somebody else’s looks.
In addition, all that glitters in not gold, the saying goes. Never judge a book by its cover, they also say. Something or someone can look good outside but have venom or evil within. In high school, the good-looking people were admired, had the most friends, and boy- or girl-friends. However, I noticed that these ‘good-looking’ people were the most shallow people you could meet, and had nothing much to recommend them apart from their looks. So, I decided that although it was good to be good-looking and popular, I would rather be who I was, than those ‘good-looking’ and popular people. There is a very powerful saying in Yoruba, ‘Iwa lewa’. It means ‘Character is beauty’. Indeed character is beauty; beauty without character is useless. This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 11: 22 –
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (NIV).
Finally, you don’t have to look like Barbie to make an impact in life. So, be proud of your GOD-given looks and talents and make the best use out of them!
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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