1 Samuel 16:7 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.
I have heard this verse quoted hundreds of times and have probably quoted it myself dozens of times. It comes immediately after Samuel sees Jesse’s son Eliab and thinks, “this guy looks like a king.” I don’t know what made him look like a king, but apparently Samuel thought so. God interrupts Samuel’s thought process and tells him that it is the heart that counts, not the outward appearance. “What are you saying, Lord? Do you only choose ugly people?” Put your self in Samuel’s shoes; now you are looking for an ugly dude with a good heart. At least that is the conclusion I would come to.
However, this isn’t at all what happened. What follows are two references to David’s good looks. This guy was a handsome stud… and he had a good heart, too. In fact in verse 18, he is described as being a musician, brave, a warrior, well-spoken, and good-looking. He wasn’t remotely ugly and yet God chose him. The thing is: the looks were just an accessory, a bonus. They didn’t really matter to God; the heart mattered. And David’s heart was good. He loved and served the Lord. He was chosen for his heart! That is what mattered to God.
Friends, that IS what matters to God. He is after our hearts and yet some of us spend more time combing or styling our hair than we do examining our hearts before the Lord. We spend more time shopping for clothes than obeying his commands. Don’t get me wrong, clothes are good and combed hair looks nice. You can be good-looking; it’s okay. It’s just that those things are way less important to God. So I suggest we carve some time out in our lives to work on our hearts. I suggest we dedicate our whole lives to striving for His heart. In the end, that’s all that really matters.