Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Maybe it is a weakness I have. My mind wanders when I get bored and it can lead to humorous situations. For example, it can happen in stores when I go shopping.

It happened the other day. I was in a store and feeling bored after maybe three minutes of being in the store. My mind wandered to pondering what to me could be an important matter. What was it? I was wondering if a team of Elves from Lord of the Rings played a team of Vulcans from Star Trek in soccer, which team would win.

As I was pondering this deep consideration and staring blankly at the items on the shelf, a young store clerk walked up and ever so nicely asked, “Do you need help sir?” I smiled and thanked her and said I was just looking.

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To her I looked like someone who needed help. That might be true but I digress. My appearance said to her that I needed help. Appearances can be deceiving.

Fortunately for us, God does not look at outward appearances when he calls us to do something.

For example, consider Saul and David in the bible. Saul had the appearance of a King. He was tall and good looking. But God told the prophet Samuel in in 1 Samuel 16:

“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.”

God looked at Saul’s heart and rejected him. Instead God chose a shepherd boy David to be the future King of Israel because of David’s heart and faith.

It is encouraging for me to remember that God does not look at what others look for. God looks for a heart willing to follow him. God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called

We might feel insignificant, but no one is insignificant to God. He does not look at our circumstances. He only considers what he knows which is what he can do. He does not consider our ability but rather what he can do through us.

By the way, I think I would give the Elves from Lord of the Rings the edge over the Vulcans from Start Trek. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

25 thoughts on “Appearances Can Be Deceiving

  1. Lol 😂 oh my what a great sense of humor but loved how you broke it down about how our appearance can be deceiving and it really can be. A lot of people makes that mistake by going off how you look instead of going by your heart. I’m glad we have a Lord who doesn’t go by our appearance but by our heart…. Thanks big brother for this wonderful humorous post… ❤️🙏❤️

  2. A funny story about being distracted while shopping.
    So true, God can read our hearts.
    It was kind of the store helper to ask if you needed assistance.
    Thanks for sharing. 🤗

  3. Amen! Don’t know much about the characters you described in the analogy of the would be battle but I’ve heard of Saul and David 😉 and am so thankful for the examples that the Lord looked before the appearance of one such David and anointed him king. Through his appointment, we received our Messiah! 🙌🏽

  4. 🙂 🙂 I do believe the Valcans stand a good chance 🙂 appearance can be deceiving, but as humans we are more prone to seek just that; praise the Lord we are not God, and He does not judge us but our outward appearance

  5. Oh, the number of times a store clerk has asked me if I needed help when all I’m actually thinking about who’s a better narrator, James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman…. Great (and fun) post!

  6. ☺ Such an interesting analogy to depict something profound. I’m grateful God is not a man. I wouldn’t have been counted worthy of all the benefits I now enjoy. Beautiful post sir.

  7. Smiles. Very true big bro!.

    It reminds me of what comes to my heart when I feel I have let Him down or feeling inadequate that “He chose us even when we meant nothing” – “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.

    He sees the best in us even when we ourselves are blind to it!. And never quits on reminding us that we are of utmost treasure in His care – always!.

  8. You got me laughing Big Brother! Wow refreshing! 😂👏😂👏 More importantly, though, I love that God looks at our hearts. It reminds me of what truly matters in life. May Our Heavenly Father smile when we sees our hearts! ❤️❤️

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