This image is from my Words to Live By Calendar. It’s the featured quote for March.
I looked up at it today and it sparked a thought. Sometimes you live, “in such a way,” but despite your best efforts they still talk and when we receive these criticisms, it can be a sharp blow. Your thoughts start to wonder:
How could they think that?
If they “really knew me” they’d know I’m not like that.
I wanted to take a moment to encourage you. If they talk, keep right on living. Some may judge the outside and never take the time to get to know your heart.
But GOD KNOWS. He sees. He cares. He’ll defend you when no one else does and HE WILL even use their negative to bring about something positive in your life.
Trust Him. Keep Going.
What God thinks of you is FAR MORE important than what people think.
Sometimes we see people lifted up in the eyes of others, but that doesn’t mean they have the same standing in the eyes of the Lord.
In the same token, you may feel overlooked by others, but you can be handpicked by the true and living God.
[Verses 6-13 shown below]
…6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord‘s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest,[a] but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.