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Books and Their Covers

I once had a collection of books to rival a library. Some books were in tip top shape and some had dust covers that had seen better days. If the dust cover was still there, it eventually had tears and creases that put it to shame. Eventually the dust cover might be found folded and stored behind the back cover, until one day it was eventually lost for good. Books without covers are tricky. Without the dust cover we lose the synopsis, and we may find it risky to look between the pages. When we do that we risk missing out on great literature. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.‘ We’ve all heard this phrase. We may have used it in at one time or another. It means the we shouldn't prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone, and yet we are all guilty of not looking past what we can easily see.

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.”

Samuel was on a mission from God. God told him to find a man named Jesse and he was to anoint one of his sons as king. Samuel went to Jesse and asked him to present his sons. Upon seeing the eldest, Samuel was sure he had found the next king. He was tall and had all the outward appearances one expects in a king, but God said “no, not him’. Seven sons later and God had dismissed each one. They had the stature, the looks and the outward presence of a potential king, but none were the one that God was looking for, because God was looking inwardly. Samuel knew there was a king among Jesse’s sons, but he didn’t know where to look next when Jesse admitted that there was another. The youngest was out of sight and out of mind in the field. He was just a boy. The runt. The lanky, gangly, forgotten boy was the one who was to be anointed king. God wasn’t looking at the outward appearances, He was looking at the heart of the matter. May we each look deeper, searching with God’s eyes, and with God’s heart, to find the truth in our encounters with one another. Looking past what we can easily see until we find out what’s on the inside. Books and people; who knew we had so much in common.

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