God’s vision

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
(1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV))

What does God see when He looks at you?

Is it what you think it is?

I know that these are tough questions to be asking yourself, but in all honesty, they are questions that we need to ask ourselves on a regular basis. The words to Samuel were spoken by God long before He sent His Son, Jesus, yet they still hold true today. Even though we can call upon the name of Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we still have to have a pure heart. If we profess a faith in Jesus that is not sincere and true, we have simply fulfilled these words.

“Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
(Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV))

Outward appearances can be deceiving. We can act righteous and have an evil heart. We can be at church every time the doors open, yet, not hold true to the precepts that Jesus taught us.

Have you stopped to look at your heart? Are you afraid of what you will see? Are you hiding from the truth with respect to what is truly in your heart?

Fortunately, we can turn to God in honesty and sincerity. We can turn away from what we are hiding in our hearts and allow the atoning blood of Jesus to cleanse us so that God will truly see a clean heart.

What does God see when He looks at you?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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