We judge people based upon their appearances. That mentality surrounds us, pervades our life, is on the TV, the iThing, and everywhere we look. We judge ourselves, our friends, our family, and people we don’t even know based on clothing, hairstyles and makeup, tattoos and piercings, and ethnicity. Based on what we see, we assign them into a little box of what they are capable of.
Watch as Dustin Hoffman talks about how that little box isn’t enough:
I hope we have all felt convicted like Hoffman at one time or another.
Judging people based on appearances is not the way that the Lord operates. When it came time for Samuel to anoint a king, the Lord sent to him to Jesse’s household in Bethlehem because one of his sons would be the new king. Samuel, as would many of us, was drawn to the older, more mature sons. But the Lord said, “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) Samuel was obedient. And it was David, the youngest, the shepherd, ruddy and handsome, that was anointed.
How comforting that God sees us, sees our heart, just as we are, loves us for who we are, rather than the way the world judges us! What a loving, compassionate God we serve!