• Josh Carmody

Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) "But the LORD said to 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.'"

This scripture was a part of my reading plan the other day, and it is one of my favorites. It stresses the importance of not "judging a book by its cover." As humans, we often look at the outward before spending time getting to know the inward.

My daughter was looking at a book the other day and didn't want to read it because she didn't like the cover. We thought she would enjoy the book if only she could get past the cover and try it. She tried it and ended up liking the book!

Supper time here at the Carmody household includes healthy food that often looks a little strange. Alicia and I will put food in front of them and nine times out of ten they smell it, turn their noses up at it, and tell us they want a peanut butter sandwich. The funny thing is that once they try it, they end up enjoying it...nine out of ten times anyway.

On the other hand, it's easy to think that something is great only to find out that it's not. For example, have you ever started to watch a movie that you thought would be great but a few minutes into it you realized it was awful? Yeah, me too.

The same thing can happen when it comes to people. We judge people by their outward appearance instead of getting to know them first. We may have a good or bad impression of them without getting to know who they are. Don't worry, we are in good company.

The scripture above tells us that Samuel, a prophet of God, was guilty of judging others based on their outward appearance. He was to appoint the next King over all of Israel. His first choice was the oldest, strongest, and most handsome son of Jesse. However, God told Samuel that this was not the person He chose to be king. He looked like a king, but that wasn't enough to make him a king.

God looks at the heart, not the outward appearance.

I want to have the heart for people that God has. I don't want to judge people, groups, or organizations based on who they appear to be. After all, I expect others to do the same for me.

I want to be quick to accept, ready to understand, and slow to judge. How about you?

Until Monday, Josh

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I work at New Covenant Christian Church in Fort Dodge, IA. Everything here, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of New Covenant Christian Church.