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." (1 Samuel 16:7)
- How people look on the outside is not an indicator of what is in their hearts.
- God’s focus is on the inner life of people. He looks far below the surface of someone’s appearance. God knows the hearts of those who appear to be righteous, but are full of hypocrisy on the inside.
- Samuel mistakenly looked favorably upon the handsome Eliab, the eldest son of Jesse and an older brother of David. He thought he would be anointed as the next king. But Eliab was not the choice of the God of Israel.
- David was chosen as king of Israel, replacing Saul, because he was a man after God's own heart. His heart was right with God and God knew He could trust David. And that is what God desires for us to do as well.
- God looks at the heart, not outward appearances. We spend so much time in our lives trying to make our outward appearances look good and lose the understanding that God does not even look at out outward appearance but our heart.
- Physical appearances, status, good jobs and sophistication alone cannot be a standard for a good man. God looks at the heart and a pure heart pleases God. God shall bless the man who has a pure heart by opening his eyes and he shall see God and Heaven's Glory.
- It does not matter who you are, what you look like, God looks at the heart and wants people with a strong love of Him and His ministry rather than someone putting an effort to show off to the people of the world.
- When God looked at David, he didn't see moral perfection. He saw a heart that would love God and would seek to obey God. He saw a heart that was teachable, a heart capable of repentance and faith.
- God looks at the heart, and King David was a man after God’s own heart.