The Lord said to Samuel, “God does not see as man sees; man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.”
– 1 Samuel 16:7
Keeping up appearances is, unfortunately, what life is very much about for many these days.
We can tell how men and women look…on the outside. People-watching has become a popular pastime especially for those who like to gossip. God, on the other hand, can tell what people are…inside. He judges us by the heart.
We so often end up forming a mistaken judgment of character. The Lord, on the other hand, values only the faith, reverence, and love, which are planted in the heart, and which are beyond human discernment.
With God, what really matters is what lies inside us, inside our heart.
My Lord Jesus,
You chose to be born in a humble manger,
rather than in a palace fit for a King.
You were never one for superficiality,
and it was Your unpretentious and loving demeanour
which, till today, leaves us in awe of You.
Lord, I thank You for Your example,
for showing us the way,
for teaching us how to be acceptable to God;
for being our guiding light along this road we walk,
which can be dark and treacherous
were it not for Your divine presence.
Lord, thank You for all that You have entrusted me with;
for the life You permit me to have.
But, Lord, above all, I want to have You in my heart.
Lord, You are all I want,
You are all I ever needed.
All I seek is for You to dwell deep within my heart.