Read 1 Samuel 16: 1-13 - David is chosen as king.
When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, Surely this is the man the Lord has chosen!"
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by a man's face or height, for this is not the one. I don't make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man's thoughts and intentions." ! Samuel 16: 6-7 (TLB)
Olajide Kazeem Olatunji is from Oyo State, Nigeria. When he was in university, he was given cans of milk to take to school. He took care to clean the cans regularly and kept them in a secure place, but he didn't consume the milk for several months. Olajide thought if the cans were clean and attractive on the outside, the milk inside would be okay. However, when he eventually opened one of the cans, he was surprised to see that the milk had expired and turned sour. Though outwardly the cans looked fine, the contents were unattractive and unusable.
Many times we take care of our outward appearance, ensuring that we look good. Yet we less frequently turn our attention inward. Many times we leave our hearts filled with malice, envy, grudges, deceit, or pride instead of love. Even when our outward appearance is beautiful, our hearts may not be.
God is concerned with what is inward. God wants us to have loving and forgiving hearts. David's brothers appeared good from the outside, but God rejected them because of their hearts. We please God when we look inward and care for our hearts as much as we care for our outward appearance.
Prayer: Dear God, create in us a right spirit. Help us to see the harmful things we harbor in our hearts and to let them go, in Jesus' name. Amen.