But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t look on his face, or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for I don’t see as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
This has to be one of my favouritest verses ever!
I love the fact that God chose the most insignificant, overlooked, irritating person, instead of his older, more experienced brothers with a proven track record.
I find it very reassuring to know that God can use anyone, no matter how incompetent and pathetic they feel.
It is easy to be swayed by beauty or confidence, but physical beauty is the outer shell we present to the world. God's vision isn't influenced by our exterior, he sees beyond it to our heart. He understands our motives, he knows the conflicting emotions that flow through us. He is aware of our anger and what will trigger it, long before the smoke is pouring out of our ears. When our hearts are pierced, he is already there, weeping over the wounds. He knows us completely and utterly, far better than we know ourselves.
Yet he choses and uses us fallen, fallible folk - fantastic!
Thank you, Lord!