Day 19 - God is Most Concerned With Your Heart

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, 
for 
I 
have 
rejected 
him. 
The 
Lord 
does 
not 
look 
at 
the 
things 
 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. 

teddy allen

2010 Gingerwood Pl, Fairfield, CA, 94534, United States