The Facebook phenomenon! Mark Zuckerberg and other online social networks have tapped into the first half of this two-pronged truth: 1) Man looks at the outward appearance, but 2) God looks on the heart. This is not for shame on man, but rather another distinction of what makes man, man and what makes God, God. Man cannot see the heart of another. It is a human limitation. God, on the other hand, is omniscient and knows all things, including the heart of every man, woman, and child.
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Today, you could almost imagine Samuel scrolling through the personal profiles of Jesse’s sons on some professional social network. “Wow, Eliab has a really sharp profile picture!” “Abinadab’s work experience is extensive.” “Let’s see, Shammah has studied and earned degrees at some very prestigious institutions.” One by one, their profiles pass by the eyes of a very wise, but limited man. One by one, their hearts pass by the eyes of an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God.
Young David is called in from his first full-time job, tending the family’s flock of sheep in the fields. Samuel mentally labels David’s profile picture as “cute kid,” but God sees directly into David’s heart profile and says, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” (1 Samuel 16:12). What did God see when He looked into David’s heart? “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22).
God is looking for hearts bent on fulfilling HIS will. He is looking for hearts more consumed with His purposes than with polishing personal profiles seen by men. May my heart mirror that of my Savior, the Son of David, Jesus Christ, who prayed, “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).