Judging A Book By It’s Cover

(1Sa 16:7)  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.

Within the heart of man you will find the true worth of its soul, the outward appearance is a mere shell, a casing. The soul within every human bears the true essence of the individual of his or her character, their emotions, everything about a human is contained therein. You take the soul out of a person and all you have left is an empty vessel, hollow, a mere shell of what once was. However, when a soul realizes his failings, realizes his weaknesses and his inability to do what is right, to give it up to God to use then miracles happen. Take this human surrendered shell and fill it with the Spirit of a Holy God and that same individual God will work miracles through. He will use that same individual to leave dumbfounded the so-called intellectuals of our day. God used Jonathan a seventeen year old boy who by all appearances didn’t know anything about music let alone sing on key left those same judges, those panels of experts with their mouths dropped to the floor. At the beautiful voice of one of God’s creations who astounded the unbelievers who listened that you do not judge a man by his appearance but what is within a man is his true worth.

Listen to what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:20-30 (KJV)
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the so called wise people of this world. He took simple fishermen and a tax collector to confound with their wisdom the Pharisees and the Sadducee’s the biblical intellectuals of the day, to where they exclaimed that these men had been with Jesus. Even today God astounds the so called professionals with the likes of Jonathan in Britains Got Talent 2012 audition.

Paul declares, Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? Time and time again this has been proven true, all the more reason for us as Christians to follow wholeheartedly the precepts written between Genesis and Revelations. How many Christians today have realized the importance of God’s Holy word? The more we know, the more we adhere, the better our lives are in this present age. It says that we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free. How many of us have breathed as sigh of relief with every new truth the Holy Spirit shines down upon our hearts and how foolish previously our way of thinking was?

How many of us could could be divided into two categories; the sign seekers or the wisdom seekers and yet when confronted with the gospel for the very first time it was either a stumbling block or foolishness to us. When God’s power and wisdom overwhelmed us to the point of seeing just how far from the glory of God we had fallen short of. Then when we accepted the power and the wisdom of God as valuable to a meaningful existence not only in this life but in the life to come our lives took on a whole new meaning, we became more content, more satisfied with life. Coming to know Jesus as our Lord and savior placing our faith in him, at that very precise moment we were born-again, born anew the old man being crucified with him. Our old man being dead we now live in newness of life in Christ.

(Gal 2:20)  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Now in my life God takes my recognized weakness and works through it to astound the unbelieving and the wayward with the hopes of drawing them unto himself thereby making them a new creature. God doesn’t take the gifted, he chooses the willing, those who place their hopes, dreams and faith in him to do his will so he can show His mighty miracles through us to the saving of mankind. So please do not be afraid of letting your light shine for Jesus in witnessing to others because you never know whose life will be change as the result of Christ working through you.

Intimacy With Christ,

Richard Wafford