Looking on the Heart

1 SAMUEL 16:7-- 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.”

It’s a good thing for all of us that God looks on the heart and not the outward appearance.

“Look,” as used in today’s scripture, means not only to see externally, but to perceive and understand. God knows what really drives our behaviors. When others see the pout, God sees the pain. Our “High Priest” is “touched with the feeling of all our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15 kjv, emphasis added).

This doesn’t excuse bad behaviors, but lets us know we have a Lord whose forgiveness is based on His understanding of why we did wrong. It also means when things don’t come out like we intended, He sees and smiles on what we really intended, not the mess others may see.

All our relationships would be improved if we reacted, not on the basis of external behaviors, but on the concerns of the heart.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Ask God to intensify your heart's passion for Him and to align your behavior with your heart-desire.

Physical Heart Focus

Never go to the grocery store on an empty stomach.