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The heart of the matter: Devotion for March 26, 2014

March 26th, 2014 6:00 am by Becky Whitlock

The heart of the matter: Devotion for March 26, 2014

"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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'" — 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)


Our celebrity culture puts much emphasis on beauty — especially a certain kind of beauty that values youthful looks over mature ones, and firm bodies over soft ones. It's even common in our places of worship to be more welcoming of those who fit our ideal of comeliness rather than those who are less attractive. We make those choices, though, at our own peril. The prophet Samuel had seen the attractive Saul and thought he was the perfect king for Israel. Saul proved to be a disaster because his heart wasn't in the right place. Israel's second king, David, would be a man with a right heart, a man who would, in fact, be after God's own heart — and that alone would make David a beautiful king.

Prayer: Holy God, give me a heart to seek after Your heart and let me see beauty in all of our creation. Amen.

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