Jeremiah 29:4-14: God has a purpose and plan for you. His plans are sure, true, and faithful. You have an eternal future in Christ spiritually. God’s plan for you is to prosper and grow spiritually in Christ in the very situation you are in right now.
I say this intimately with faith my trust (all of it!) Is 100% in The Lord. I look not to Man: The Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but The Lord looks on the heart.
Might this be the deepest spiritual truth hidden in the story of young David’s anointment as king? Even the human writer turns around and emphasizes first David’s physical appearance rather than his heart, apparently proving the point. As I reflect, I wish I could stick to the simple lesson that God sees my heart rather than my physical or material appearance. The call to reflect on my inner reality, an important part of the Lenten season, is humbling in itself.
However, I feel the Christ calling me also to look beyond my own heart, out into the world, to learn to see other people as God sees them. I want to say, “I do see! I do look on people’s hearts!” It is tempting to excuse myself, to deny my own spiritual blindness, as the Pharisees do in John 9. Unfortunately, I live amid many intersecting social institutions that hinder my ability to see with the eyes of Christ. These sinful systems judge my outward appearance – my color, maleness, wealth (or temporary lack thereof – but in all I have learned that God provides! My testimony told nigh on a hundred times! Hospital bills/loss of job/income etc my Provider is The Grace of God, my Source, Amen. ) Once upon a time my athletic abilities, my academic achievements, etc. – and tell me that I am worthy of God’s choosing: “You’ve earned it!” Unbelievably, being a believer has earned me a place in Heaven, Amen.
Jesus calls us to follow Him in debunking the world’s assertions about who deserves Love. As I remember daily that I can never redeem myself or the world by my own power, it is God’s boundless grace that gives me the peace and strength to live into that call.