Seeing Beyond Appearances

Chic Broersma

READ : 1 Samuel 16:1-23

The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. (v. 7)

King Henry VIII of England, best remembered for his six wives, was a young man of
promise. At eighteen Henry was adorned with a fine complexion and golden beard, athletic
and musical, graceful in manners and charming in humor. His accession to the throne was
hailed as the dawn of a golden age.

But Henry as king was greedy for power and money. In addition to all those wives, Henry
had numerous mistresses and fathered a son out of wedlock. At the end, flabby both
physically and morally, he died of syphilis.

John F. Kennedy was handsome, suave, articulate – yet often ranked an average
president. Abraham Lincoln was angular, homely, simple – perhaps our greatest

David, the rosy-cheeked shepherd boy, appeared least likely to be God’s choice to rule
Israel. Yet he was. He was called “a man after God’s own heart.” Forgiven much, he loved
much. Equipped with the Spirit, David became a great shepherd-king.

We judge by public image. We too are thrilled by tall, handsome, confident, king-like
leaders. God’s job interviews are different. He knows all things from the inside out.
Jesus needed no one to tell him about the inner person. He knew what was in the heart of
man. As you interact with people today, will you look beneath the facade and beyond the


Lord, help me see beneath the public image. Give me discernment and the Spirit of wisdom.