An Invitation to Life – Letting God See on the Inside
“For God does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.”
It is comforting to know that God does not judge us based upon appearances. We live in a culture and economy where how we look, who we love, or where we live often serves as the basis for determining our characters and personalities. It also can be hard to trust that what we see may not actually be reality–that God may be up to something that we simply do not see. The judge and prophet Samuel was so grief-stricken over what might have been that he nearly missed the new thing God was about to do with the shepherd boy David (1 Samuel 16:1-13). Samuel’s reliance on appearances almost led him to assume that the most superficial and conventional characteristics were the basis for God’s choice for a new leader for Israel.
We know that we are susceptible to judging others and ourselves on the basis of what we see on the surface. Many of us know what it feels like to be overlooked or discounted because we do not look the part. And many of us may have even underestimated our own gifts because they do not compare with what is celebrated in our culture. Accordingly, it may be hard to believe that God would choose us for God’s purposes.
The season of Lent gives us an opportunity to trust God again to see who we truly are and reveal to us what is true and good and real in God’s reign. We can take this time to learn how to accept God’s way of seeing so that we can join God in the new thing God is doing in our midst. In so doing, we, too, can become like David, sought out as people after God’s own heart.