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Higher Than Our Ways - 04

Updated on December 6, 2012

As humans, we often judge a person or situation by what we see first, by what is most apparent to our eye. We most often do this with people. A leather jacket and boots might make us assume a biker, while some bling and a hoody might make us think of a rapper.

Our current generation is not the only one to have this problem. In I Samuel 16, Samuel is sent by God to anoint the next king for Israel. Samuel follows God’s directions with his human ideas in mind. Culturally speaking, Samuel was ready to anoint Jesse’s firstborn son, as he had the greatest blessing and greatest share of his father’s inheritance. Samuel apparently also looked at the firstborn son’s height and form of face, for God spoke directly against this.

I Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

In 1860, George Elliot used the idiom ‘do not judge a book by its cover.’ While he was criticizing an actual book at the time, the idea applies. The outward appearance of a man or woman will never tell us the entire story.

We must trust God to see the truth of a person, because His ways are higher than our ways.


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    • Cherry4 profile image

      Cherry Ann 5 years ago from New York

      Simply put yet profound. Amen, his ways are pass finding out.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very nicely done