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I think I've been experiencing a writer's block syndrome. I have been struggling to share a post and I wasn't sure what post to share with you all. I have finally decided, Praise Jesus with me. It is to be noted that all the posts on Myss Lafunky's Blog usually link back to the vision of the 3 R's for the ministry. A reminder of what the 3 R's are (Relationship with God, Relationship with People, Relationship with your Spouse (or Spouse to be)). I write as I am led by the Holy Spirit.
Today's post is about appearance.
1 Samuel 16:17 states that: "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." How great would it be if we all look at the heart and not the outward appearance of others. Unfortunately, we do not have the power and ability to look at someone else's heart.
In the Bible (1Sam 16), Samuel was sent to the house of Jesse to find a new king. When he arrived, Samuel saw Eliab, one of Jesse's sons, and thought that he must have been the one God had chosen to be the next King. Evidently, like the previous King Saul, Eliab was tall, handsome and striking. Guess what? Despite Eliab's physical appearance that exuded being a King, he was not the one God had in mind.
God instructed Samuel not to assess people by their physical appearance! He told Samuel that He doesn't look at the outside but looks at the inside. In this generation where a large number of people are quick to judge others dressing due to social status, personal beliefs, personal style, culture, etc, I very much believe people would also have instantly chosen Eliab as the next King. Or perhaps, the person's education qualifications, age and marital status would have been considered before the individual had listened to God's views.
Back to the story, each of Jesse's sons passed before Samuel but God did not indicate that any of them was the man He had sent him to find. Finally, David, the youngest son, came in from the fields and the Lord spoke to Samuel, telling him this was the right one.
To all my male and female single readers, please do not be distracted by someone's physical appearance, qualifications and age when choosing your life partner, let God lead you like He led Samuel. Despite Samuel being a Prophet, he thought he was knowledgable and wise enough to know who the King should be, nevertheless, he eventually waited to be instructed and directed by God. Are you also waiting to be directed by God? Are you communicating with God regularly so that He can direct you in respects to your choices?
When we look at someone's outward appearance, we often fail to see what God sees. Like Samuel, we tend to make judgements based on what people look like. However, God doesn't use looks as His criteria. He evaluates people by what's in their hearts. He sees their character, their faithfulness, their future, and their commitment to Him now and in the future.
To my Christian single readers, do not be charmed by someone's good looks, flattery or attentiveness to you, all of that can be fleeting. Do not be charmed by their titles or their backgrounds, where they work, how much they earn, the church they attend; trust God to direct you as He knows all things, He doesn't make mistakes and He is ready to lead you right and give you the best, if only you'd trust in Him. Remember to be patient with God and always cross check everything with the Word of God.
To those that are married, perhaps as your marriage ages, your spouse's outward appearance has started to diminish, your wife does not have a flat tummy anymore, your husband now has gray hair and he is losing his hair, or perhaps what physically attracted you to your spouse is beginning to wane, this is the time to remember what God said to Samuel about focusing on what's in the heart rather than what's physically noticeable.
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- Myss Lafunky
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