上帝的视角 Look at What God Looks At
“耶和华却对 撒母耳 说：“不要看他的外貌和他身材高大，我不拣选他。因为， 耶和华 不像人看人：人是看外貌；耶和华是看内心。” 撒母耳记上 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 S AMU E L 1 6 : 7
We love looking at good-looking people. We elevate the glamorous, we celebrate the stylish, we exalt the pretty face, and we spend a lot of time and energy and money on cosmetics. As Billy Crystal’s old character, Frenando, used to say, “Yooouuuu look marvelous! And it’s better to look good than to feel good, you know what I’m saying to you, darling?”The world has bought into this ideology for a long time.
Three thousand years ago, Israel was searching for a king. The Lord told the prophet Samuel to anoint a king from the family of Jesse, a shepherd from Bethlehem. As Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab, was presented to Samuel, the prophet was convinced he had the “looks” of the next king. But the Lord gave Samuel a bit of a rebuke. For God sees things differently than we are initially inclined to see. The Lord is concerned about something other than good looks—he cares about our hearts.
Lord Jesus, help me care more about my relationship with you and my heart for others than a shallow approach to life. Amen.
Don’t take a selfie for the entire next week. Instead, take pictures that highlight others doing good things (would that be called an “otherie”?).