Welcome to Monday Motivation, a new feature here at Embracing Him! When you stop by on Mondays, you’ll find a short devotion designed to encourage you (and me!) at the start of each week.
Each devotion will include a key scripture, a prayer, and some food for thought. A response to the questions is not necessary, but I pray we’ll think carefully about our responses and that God will bless us as we strive to meet the goals He has set for us.
May Monday Motivation bless you as it blesses me!
…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 Samuel 16:7b)
I hate to shop for jeans. It is a long, painful, emotional, draining process. Though shopping for jeans eventually becomes a necessary evil, I try not to go diving into the “jean pool” for two reasons.
First, there are too many styles and lengths of jeans to ponder. By the time I finish sifting through low rise jeans, bootcut jeans, hipster jeans, flared jeans, short jeans, average jeans, and long jeans, I have acquired a major headache. In addition, because there are so many types of jeans, I’m forced to endure an agonizing, self inflicted fashion show in the dressing room just to find one pair of jeans that fit just right!
Thankfully, God does not see us the same way we see ourselves. When He looks at us, He looks past wrinkles, bad hair days, extra pounds, and ill fitting jeans. God sees far beyond our T-shirts and jeans and peers directly into our hearts. The latter part of I Samuel 16:7 confirms this saying, “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
What God sees when He looks into our hearts is much more important than what we are wearing on the outside. We may look beautiful on the outside, but if we’re harboring anger or jealousy in our hearts, we’re not so attractive to God. Likewise, we can be a disheveled on the outside but have kind, loving, merciful hearts that please God.
Our superficial exterior does not always reflect our true internal nature and we must constantly ask God to help us with our spiritual grooming. If we are not satisfied with what we find in our hearts, God’s help is only a prayer away. We can go to Him, admit our shortcomings, seek His forgive and guidance, and enjoy a fresh start!
Dear Lord, you are such a loving and merciful Savior! The love you extend to us is marvelous and much needed. We admit that we sometimes forget to groom our hearts with the same fervor we use to groom our bodies. Forgive us for not monitoring our hearts carefully enough. Thank You for loving us enough to challenge us to become the righteous people You intend for us to be. Help us to allow the light you have placed within our hearts to radiate more brightly and bring You the glory! Amen.
Food For Thought:
- How does the thought of God looking into your heart make you feel and why?
- What do you think God sees when He looks into your heart?
- What would you like God to see when He looks into your heart?
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