The Measure of A Man
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Today’s Morsel: My wife has a plank attached in our garage wall so that when the kids and grandkids come to visit, she can measure how tall they have grown since the last visit. When God measures a man, He puts a tape around his heart instead of his head. When Samuel was sent by God to Jesse to anoint David as King, Samuel assumed that one of the elder sons would be chosen as Saul’s replacement. But God told Samuel that He sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but He looks on the heart (my wording). Man only sees what is without, but the Lord sees what is within; only the outward visible form of the body is seen by man, but the inward qualifications and abilities of the mind are seen by the Lord. We are quick to choose people based on their status, outward qualities, and who they may know. But that is not how God chooses. God looks on the heart. He knows what is in us, what wisdom and judgment, justice and integrity, mercy and goodness, love and kindness, and other qualifications are in us. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.” (Proverbs 21:2) Every man seems righteous to himself, but the Lord weighs him in the balance of righteousness and truth.
Sing: Change my heart, O’ God, make it ever true. Change my heart, O’ God, may I be like You.
Thought For Today: “When God measures a man, he puts a tape around his heart instead of his head.”