But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height,
people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
When does concern over one’s appearance cross the line between healthy and unhealthy?
Is it wrong, for instance, to work out every day? What about cosmetic surgery? Or spending time and effort searching for the “perfect” haircut, suntan, makeup or wardrobe?
There are no simple answers to these questions, but the promise above reminds us that God is far more interested in what’s going on inside us than how we look on the outside.
The apostle Paul’s words fit well here: “Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7–8).
God’s Promise to Me
•I don’t evaluate people by looking at their outward appearance.
•I judge people by their thoughts and intentions.
My Prayer to God
Lord, it’s true that our world thinks external image is everything. Forgive me for the times I am overly concerned with my appearance. Grant me the wisdom and discipline to expend the necessary time and energy to care for my soul. May you be pleased more and more as you examine my thoughts and intentions.