Month: September 2013

Choose Wisely, Pt 2

Tip #2– “The Inside is the key, the outside is the bonus” (unknown).  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”Open Box With A Key Inside Stock Photo - 4126910 One of my favorite shows on HGTV is called, The Property Brothers. Their job is to look beyond what we deem as face value, and instead look at potential. As, they persuade their potential buyers to purchase the unlovely, they often stress to homeowners the importance of looking at the bones and framework of a place. I personally love “unassuming” houses. The kind that one can easily pass up and overlook based on outside appearance. However, on the inside lies a beauty unparallel and character to work with. With TLC (tender, love, and care) a diamond is waiting to be discovered. So it is with potential mates. We often view someone as “not my type” based on appearance alone. The issue doesn’t lie in desiring those whose physicality causes our head to turn. However, that factor should not be the sole determinant on whom to embrace and/or avoid. Shunning those who may not appear as likely candidates, could prove to be a huge mistake that can have long term effects. In the Bible, David was a young boy (among many brothers) whose father overlooked him for kingship. Because he did not have the appearance (and age) of what kings should be, his father did not entertain a single inkling that David was in fact the one chosen by God.

  Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”

But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’  Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”

 So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”

 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.

 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”  Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”  Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”

And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”  So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”  Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah (1 Samuel 16:1-3, NKJ).

Known as a man after God’s own heart, King David remains one of the most prolific characters in the Bible today, writing many psalms of devotion. Many of Jesse’s sons had the look of kingship, yet David had the heart. After all is said and done, the character of one’s heart will remain when appearance is bound to diminish over time. Just as my search for property has matured to weighing character over wall color, I pray that we (singles) allow God to open our eyes to the heart of others. Choosing to be open to His direction and grow beyond the physical.

How can we be open to those whom we overlook?