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The heart of the matter


"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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). That's what God told Samuel to keep forefront in his mind when Samuel was to pick the next king. God wanted to ensure that the person was of a pure heart -- not trying to be perfect, but a person with a good and sincere nature. That's why David was chosen. God knew David had a heart after God's own heart. In Acts 13:22, Paul reminds us what God said about David. God said, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ The heart is important to God. It determines a person of faith or of little faith. David had a faithful heart and he loved the Lord. 

It's a beautiful thing that our God is an awesome God who looks at the things people can't see. People judge us by what they think they see, but not God. He looks at our heart, because He knows that's what drives us to say what we say and do what we do. The Lord gets to the heart of the matter and He elevates or brings low based on the heart. He qualifies or disqualifies based on the heart. Outside appearances don't impress God. He's impressed by the sincerity of a person. That's something to rejoice about, because if it were for us fickle humans, we would really mess things up, wouldn't we? So let's take a moment to thank God for being the God He is. Thank you Lord. 

Hear what Sha Sha has to say about the heart of a person. Sha Sha is my avatar, so her face is based on my face and the voice you hear is actually me speaking through her.

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