Tuesday, June 10, 2008

God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.
Peterson, Eugene H.: The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, Colo. : NavPress, 2002, S. 1 Sa 16:7

The heart.
God looks into the heart.
I used to see this verse only as God knowing who is who. Especially in terms of their devotion toward Him. Or of their purpose that God has set for them before the beginning of the world, as in the case of David, son of Jesse, later to be king of Israel (read 1 Samuel 16:1-13).

But a sermon (podcast) I heard from Dr. Erwin Lutzer helped me see it from a different perspective.

What is in the heart?
Not all the mushy, sweety cutey things, actually. But terrible, mean thoughts. Sinful, horrible intentions. Things that are left unsaid, hidden from every eye. (You wouldn't want to talk to me ever again if you had seen what was in my heart.)
If we are honest, that is what's in everybody's hearts. Men and women, even children's hearts.

What is amazing is this:
God sees my heart, and yet He still loves me!
Not only that, He even died on the cross in my place, just so that He might win my heart.

Now if that doesn't break one's heart, I don't know what would.

Our response should be of thanksgiving and humility, bowing down to Him in adoration:
My Jesus, My Savior, Lord, there is none like You!

He looks and He looks. And that's the only thing He looks at on me. It doesn't matter how beautiful I coat my outward appearance. He looks at my heart all day long, apart from everything else He sees. Let us be transparent before Him, knowing that He sees the heart. Every motivation, every hidden agenda. That should drive us to holiness, isn't it?

Let this guide my thoughts today. That the Lord of Hosts sees not like men sees. He looks at the heart.

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. 1 Sa 16:7

(PS: I love how the photo above looks like crayon drawing. )

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