“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1Samuel 16:7 KJV)
The ways in which God perceives, sees and jugdes things, issues and people are in many instances different from men.
Let us look at some of the differences between how God sees and how men see:
1/ Both God and men see or perceive things at every point in time. (The big question is, “What is the focus? And through what lenses is each person seeing?”)
2/ The way God sees is not the same as the way men see.
3/ Men are most prone to look at outward appearances.
4/ God looks primarily at the heart (be it the heart of a person or issue).
5/ Men are often impresed by outward appearances which do not impress God.
6/ God accepts or rejects people or things after He has considered and perceived some deeply embedded qualities.
7/ Men are often quick to accept or reject people or things after a glance at external features.
8/ Because of the disparities between the way God and men perceive things, men sometimes embrace the things God has rejected and reject the things God has accepted and chosen.
9/ When a man’s focus shifts from the external features of things and people to God’s way of perceiving things and people, he begins to know and recognize what and/or who God has either chosen or rejected.
The points stated above are the norm with ‘the natural man’. The Bible talks about ‘the natural man’ and ‘the spiritual man’ (1 Corinthians 2:12-16). These are two totally different kinds of people. Spiritually-minded people have learnt to see things the way God sees them. They have become imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1).
The spiritual man has learnt to see the way God sees becuase:
- He does not judge by the sight of his eyes, neither does he decide by the hearing of his ears. – “…and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor…” (Isaiah 11:3-4)
- He has learnt to look at things which cannot be seen with the optical eyes. – “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
God possesses infinite wisdom and knowledge which a natural man comes nowhere close to. However, for the man who is born again and has the Holy Spirit, God has enabled to:
a. Have the mind of Christ – ““Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV)
b. Have access to all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – “…to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3)