The LORD sent Samuel to anoint a new king from the house of Jesse. When the oldest was presented, a strong, tall warrior, Samuel thought surely this was the man. The Lord responded with our verse for today. We've always heard. "Don't judge a book by its cover." We are so easily persuaded by what our senses tell us. We all have prejudices of one kind or another, but God sees straight into the heart.
We are quick at times to make judgment calls about another's motivations or heart attitudes. That is God's area of expertise, not man's. I have seen the most discerning make the worst judgment calls at times.
All of us are fallible, but God sees the heart. He sees ours too. We don't fool God with our outward appearance.
We would be better off to be the poor dirty man or woman in the street with a heart after God than follow someone that has everyone but God fooled.
May we be so careful about about our judgemental attitude of others. May we be so EVER careful about whom we put on a pedestal. God's Word is clear...."I am the Lord; that is My name. And My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images". Isaiah 42:8
Our Lord loves us so much and only desires the very best for us. However, do we strive to be our best for HIM?
Seeking God is a fundamental heart requirement for a true spiritual leader.
As my sweet soul sister said once, "God not only knows my heart but HE knows the DEPTHS of my heart......
Maybe we need an EKG. The kind that ONLY the GREAT PHYSICIAN CAN FIX.
I pray that I strive to line up my heart check with the standards of Christ and not man's.
Hugs and blessings,