Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 13

December 13th

People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

1 SAMUEL 16:7

Advent reflects.

Candles flicker in windows, and you can see flamed light multiplied across dark.

You can see your own face reflected in windowpanes, in a world of pain.

You can see it, too, how the world keeps looking for beauty in appearances rather than in His appearing.

Advent is this baptism of eyes. Like a clear washing of eyes.

God tells Samuel that He has looked and He has found, provided for Himself a king. In Hebrew, God’s literal words are “I’ve seen Me a King.” Samuel sees the stature of Eliab and mutters, “Surely!” Surely this is the man in whom God’s seen Him a king. But the Lord draws near to Samuel: “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the L ORD looks at the heart.”

During this season, how can we look to the heart, not the outward appearance of others? Better yet, how can we respond to the heart of others?