Daily Bible Nugget #577, 1 Samuel 16:7

The Nugget:

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (KJV)

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD told him, “Samuel, don’t think Eliab is the one just because he’s tall and handsome. He isn’t the one I’ve chosen. People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.” (CEV)

My Comment:

Looks aren’t everything! Most of us probably have some dissatisfaction with our appearance. We ought to take everything in stride. We did not choose our parents. We did not choose where we were born. We did not choose how we look. Most of those things we have no power to change.

We should not choose our friends or our mate on the basis of how they look. Get to know people better and we will find that looks are not the key factor. It is character that counts.

For those who believe and know the Bible, we know that how we or others look in this life is not the primary issue at all. Those who are truly saved will receive a new body, a glorified body, just like our Lord Jesus Christ did upon his bodily resurrection (Philippians 3:21),

Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

Php 3:20 But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ
Php 3:21 has power over everything, and he will make these poor bodies of ours like his own glorious body. (CEV)

This is confirmed by what the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 3:1, 2, 3,

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1Jn 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV)

1Jn 3:1 Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much that he lets us be called his children, as we truly are. But since the people of this world did not know who Christ is, they don’t know who we are.
1Jn 3:2 My dear friends, we are already God’s children, though what we will be hasn’t yet been seen. But we do know that when Christ returns, we will be like him, because we will see him as he truly is.
1Jn 3:3 This hope makes us keep ourselves holy, just as Christ is holy. (CEV)

These Bible truths encourage us to put our emphasis in the right place: concentrate on developing character in ourselves and recognizing character in others. We may also correctly conclude that we will recognize each other in heaven and in the new eternal kingdom of Christ here forever upon earth. I believe a proper inference may be drawn that when our Lord Jesus Christ returns for us, and makes “these poor bodies of ours like his glorious body,” that He will make our new bodies perfect like His own.


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