Appearance counts. Sometimes we forget that wherever we go, whatever we do, there are people who are watching. If we are not careful, the appearance we provide may be one that creates disgust rather than joy. We almost always make decisions related to the outward appearance of individuals around us. It would be best to spend time determining what a person looks like on the inside.
In 1 Samuel 16:7 God tells Samuel to ignore the outward appearance of a likely looking candidate for King (replacing Saul) because God had already rejected him. It is not that he looked bad on the outside, indeed Samuel was observing his appearance with favor, rather, God had looked elsewhere. “Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.”
We, God’s children, must find it mandatory to look like who we are! How do you look to the World? What about us would commend us to unredeemed people around us? Random acts of kindness? Helpfulness? Friendliness? Maybe a substantial tip?
How does our family see us? Helpful, kind, lloving? Do we appear to be the person down the aisle that can be trusted, supportive, that will always do what is best without regard for our own personal well-being? Can we be counted on for whatever it takes to demonstrate our llove?
How do we look to God? God knows everything about us (the rest of this Chapter from Samuel tells us that). He knew everything about David (His choice for King). (see Vs. 12) His outward appearance was important, but more so, the appearance of his heart.
The key to successful appearance is in vs. 13 – “And the Spirit of the Lord took control of David from that day forward.”