Imagine my mom’s delight when she found nine lemons for ninety-eight cents at the store the other day. Pretty great deal, right? And imagine her surprise when she got home and discovered that they were Meyer lemons–a cross between a lemon and an orange. Now, I’m sure the Meyer lemon is excellent in certain dishes, but when used as a regular lemon (squeezed in water, for example), it was disappointing.
Now, before you think I’m turning The Teen Theme into a food blog, here’s my point: If you look only at someone’s appearance, you can be deceived.
In 1 Samuel 16, the prophet Samuel goes to Bethlehem, because the Lord has told him that one of the sons of Jesse will be the next king (this is after God rejected Saul as king). Seven of Jesse’s sons pass before Samuel. The passage specifically points out that Samuel thinks the first one, Eliab, must be the one that God has chosen to be king. But this is what verse seven says:
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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
You see, Eliab looked like he was made of king-material from the outside, but on the inside God saw that he wasn’t worthy to be king.
Here’s the problem: Only God can see into a person’s heart. We have to not be drawn in by a person’s appearance, but pay attention to the way he acts. For example, some people claim to be Christians, but you can see from their lifestyle that they don’t have any sort of relationship with God, even if they do go to church and go through the motions.
As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. (Proverbs 27:19, NLT)
Whenever you begin a relationship of any sort, look for good qualities in that person’s heart, not in his outward appearance.