DAY 1: David’s Inner Life
Take a moment to think over just the past two or three days of your life. How much time did you spend bathing, dressing, and preparing the outside of your body to look good for others? An hour a day? Perhaps more?
Now, also thinking over just the past two or three days, how much time have you intentionally focused on your internal life? For example, anything that may be hindering your growth in the areas of integrity and personal character. Does how you spend your time reflect more concern on your outward appearance, or your inner character?
After king Saul lost favor with God, the prophet Samuel goes off to discover the next king of Israel. But God gives Samuel some very specific instructions. In 1 Samuel 16:7, God tells Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
As you read today, consider this: Is there anybody in your life , including yourself, you regularly judge by their outward appearance?
READING & JOURNALING:
Is there anybody in your life , including yourself, you regularly judge by their outward appearance?
How do you think God sees this person (think of at least 3 ways)?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 18 & 19
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, we live in a culture in which outward appearance is what matters most. The houses we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and even the food we eat…it regularly points to class and status. There are literally dozens, if not hundreds of things I see or hear each day that focus on outward appearance. God, help me to see the way You see. Help me to see that’s what’s within a person is of much more value than what’s on the outside. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.