”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).
This verse has been one of the most relatable verses in my life for many years. I was born with a blessing and a curse: looking younger than my age. Unlike most people—most women—who wish they looked younger, I hate it and complain a lot to my family and friends about it. My reason for this is simple: I am not taken seriously as an adult and am often times treated as a teenage girl rather than a woman. Thankfully, God has gifted me with maturity which has helped me act like an adult. But according to the world, it’s my appearance that is noticed first and sometimes the only thing people will notice for some time.
We are driven by sight. We are attracted to beautiful things and disgusted by ugliness. We are quick to judge and quick to make decisions based on one glimpse. God, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 says, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are” (NIV).
Going back to David’s story, God called Samuel to find and anoint the next King of Israel. In my humanness, when I picture a King of Israel, I picture a tall, handsome, strong, valiant, mature man. A fearless man, courageous and willing to put himself in deadly situations if it means protecting what needs to be protected. We can imagine this kind of king, but I can pretty much guarantee you that if I find a king like this, it’s his appearance that will influence my decision more and maybe even dismiss a lot of these attributes.
Before David made himself known in 1 Samuel, Samuel looked at all of David’s older brothers and thought, ”’Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord”’ 16:6 (NIV). But the Lord’s answer was clear. (He has a tendency to surprise the world.) David had all the qualities of being a king. The only thing that held him back was how people viewed him based on his appearance! How could people see David who he really was when their eyes were focused solely on what he looked like? Only God knows! And He revealed it to Samuel in verse 12, ”’Rise and anoint him; he is the one”’ (NIV).
This week, I have been bombarded with insecurities about my appearance. I come into an interview not really having the confidence of being a chosen daughter of God. Instead, my head is filled with thoughts of doubt and fear. I am afraid that people will not see me as a twenty-something year old but rather a high school student. I am afraid that people will not see my professionalism and maturity because they are thinking of how short and small I am. If only we could see people’s heart at first glance. But we don’t always. Thankfully, God does and His sight is more important than man’s.
Lastly, I want to point out David’s future. He sinned, he fell, he did a lot of bad things. But! He proved people wrong. He killed a giant, he became the king of Israel, and he was a man after God’s own heart. David did not dwell in how people saw him because his heart sought after God more than anything else. And God only saw his heart.
What do you struggle with? Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! ❤