It was time for a new king. God was frustrated and grieved at King Saul. Saul was more concerned about doing things to please the people rather than doing what pleased God. So God sent the prophet Samuel to find a new king from the sons of Jesse. One by one the sons were brought before Samuel. Jesse’s oldest looked particularly promising. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
When it comes to preparing for a job interview, we’ve all been taught to pay attention to how you dress. After all, you do want to make a good “first impression”. There’s an interview I want you to think about that’s bigger than your next job. What about your interview with God about the plans He has for you? How do you prepare for that interview? God looks right past the outward things that others are impressed by, and straight into your heart. It’s not the wrapping paper that makes the gift valuable, it’s what’s inside the box. Give time towards cultivating your heart. God promotes and guides based on what’s happening inside you. Even if you don’t get that flashy spot you wanted, if your heart is right, then you’re probably right where you need to be.