“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7
Lord Jesus, it’s the first full week of August 2021. “Delta” is dancing, and many are in desperate need of rain, schools begin soon, and challenges have never stopped. One thing is for sure, everybody we meet is carrying more heartache than we realize, more fear than is evident, and more dignity than we notice.
Help us see people with Gospel-eyes. The cataracts on our fallen heart hide much of the image of God that exists in every person we meet. Worse, the myopia and astigmatism of sin lead us to see people primarily in terms of our stereotypes, triggers, and baggage—what they can do for us, or what they might take from us. Heal our blindness, Jesus. More so, change our hearts. Let us see what you see in each person.
Our greatest ophthalmological and cardiac need concerns our heart-vision of you, Lord. If we saw you as you truly are, we too, like the Apostle John, would fall down before you in wonder, love, and worship (Rev. 1:12-19). For you are more beautiful than we can imagine—filled with grace, truth, and joy… occupying your throne and non-stop advocating for us… working in all things for our good, and sovereign over every crisis, crucible, and crustacean.
Jesus, help us worry less and trust more, fear less and love better, judge slower and repent quicker. So very Amen we pray, in your great and grace-full name.