By Jon W.
The Lord Looks Upon the
We worry a lot about our
appearance. We want to look good to others, so we try to wear attractive
clothes, comb and brush our hair and so forth. Many of us spend much time
and money - maybe too much - so we can impress others by the things we
But how do I look to God?
What does He see when He looks at me? Be sure that He does not see us the
way others do. If you could look at a picture of yourself as the Lord sees
you, you would not see what you usually see in a picture. You wouldn’t see
your hair and eye color, or whether your nose is too big or just right.
What would you see?
The Scriptures say, “But
the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height
of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees,
for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
(1 Sam. 16:7).
The Lord looks at us
differently than how we usually look at ourselves. That is why a lowly
fisherman can be counted as great by God, while a king regarded as
foolish. God’s photograph of us is absolutely accurate. It shows the
inner person. It brings to light such characteristics as love or hate, our
generosity or selfishness; our faith or indifference; our thankfulness or
our ingratitude. We should make certain that God’s picture of us is
attractive - by yielding our hearts to Him and becoming godly from within
and expressing this spiritual strength through the deeds we do from the
From Expository Files 22.2; February 2015