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A Matter of The Heart
2/1/2018

…For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

There is this saying I’ve heard over the years — it says, “The heart of the matter, is a matter of the heart.”  I like this saying, because it is so true and completely contrary to the way the world sees things.  As human beings who live in a variety of environmental settings reflecting a secular world, we tend to see things from the outside, rather than from the inside.  When this happens, our emphasis will usually be on the exterior things of our lives, such as what we drive, where we live, whom we marry, how we dress, and what we do for a living. 

We tend to feel if we can obtain certain things we will become very satisfied, and so we can find ourselves working real hard at getting them.  Funny thing about the satisfaction we derive from the things of this world, it is temporary at best.  Don’t get me wrong, it can be good for a while, but soon enough those very things we once sought after with great affection are now easily set aside, as a new batch of things we desire now fill our wish list. 

It isn’t just the things of this world we look at either, we can find ourselves looking at other people and begin coveting their lives — what they do, how they look, who they’re married to, etc.  The common denominator is that it all starts with our looking at things from the outside.

Thankfully, God doesn’t see things this way at all.  He doesn’t see us through our business success, or our physical endeavors.  He doesn’t look at our worldly achievements to justify us; it can never be based on how good we live our life compared to our neighbors and friends.

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15 (NKJV)

God’s ways are not our ways; He looks to the inside of our hearts and minds, because it is here where He spends His time and investment.  He knows if He can touch our heart and speak to our mind, it will greatly affect and influence our whole life, as well as the actions that we’ll take.

Q: How can we apply this to our life?

We can choose to look at others differently.  We can decide to imitate God and not get caught up in the temporal things of this world. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Remember how God views you and allow Him to open the eyes of your heart so you can see Him in a new and fresh way.  I don’t think we will ever see God with our eyes until we see Him with our hearts. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures in this devotional, how does God see us and view us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What are the desires of your heart?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to search your heart and show you things you need to give to him and lay down.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for helping me to see things the way You see them.  Help me to look at things differently Lord.  Help me to not see things the way my flesh tends to want to see them.  Open the eyes of my heart Lord, so I may see things the way You view them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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