So much of our world is evaluated on what things look like. In both good ways and bad ways, people often make quick decisions about the people they meet and situations that they are in from merely an impression or a look at what is on the surface.
One thing you learn quickly when you teach school is that there is a lot more going on beneath the surface than what you will ever see on the surface itself. It is very much like the glacier picture. There is a great infrastructure of being below what is seen and that is what God is speaking to here in these verses.
It brings us face to face with the reality that, while we can usually find ways to hide what is beneath the surface with those who are around us, we cannot hide anything about us from God. He sees everything and knows everything.
Now this can be incredibly frightening because of course, we are very aware of the things that are within us that are "hiding," especially since we are the key members of the team doing the hiding!
How many times have I thought to myself, "Man if anyone really figures how what a phony I am..." It is just the nature of who we are. We seek to understand but everything we see is from the surface and our ability to comprehend what is underneath is lacking in every way. This si why God tells Samuel not to consider the outward appearance or things like height, weight or education, God knows what is in the heart of people. He can see passed the dirt and mess to see the beauty of the person that has yet to be fully developed and discovered. God willingness to see our beauty is a intimate benefit of the redemption that Christ brought to us through His death and resurrection.
I am a mess, we are all a mess and we are all very complicated. Our complications have complications and so for us to even begin to assume that we can comprehend everything that is going on in the heart and mind of a person defies even the best definition of arrogance. We can no longer assume that we know anything about anyone, but we can assume that God, who is ultimately sovereign does know everything that could ever be known by man and every thing that could never be known by man is in full awareness of who we are and who we are not. He knows the depths of our very being and He can move, measure, heal and lead us from the very depths of our being. As a kid we were taught to say it this way, "We know the we know that we know..." It is beyond our mortal contemplation or full understanding, but we know that God is faithful and will never leave us or forsake us.
So with that said, consider the overweight man in your office, or the woman whose life has drama, or the handicapped person in the church, or the young person who has a chip on his shoulder, or the young girl who dresses inappropriately, or the creepy guy in the back pew - is it possible that there is more to them than what the surface shows? Is it possible that there is a richness of being that you could discover if you just got to know them? Is it possible that you were put where you are in life to be able to minister to them at where they find themselves in life? Is it possible that their story just simply has never been told? Are you the one to tell their story? Or is your story the most important thing?
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