March 17, 2017
The Appearance Trap
Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else. 1 Samuel 9:2
When it came time for Israel to choose their first king, what kind of criteria do you think they used? What were they looking for in the man who would lead them? Honesty? Integrity? Leadership? Not quite. Check out today's verse. Israel got caught in the trap of appearance.
But then again, the appearance trap is still snapping shut on many victims today. More than a few young men and women have fallen in love with a face or a body before they ever saw the person's heart. Presidential elections have become more about camera presence than political substance. Maybe it's a coincidence, but in the thirty presidential elections since 1900, the shorter candidate has won only seven times. And then, maybe it's not a coincidence.
Here's the problem--Saul was great to look at ... but a train-wreck to follow. So the lesson is a simple one: Don't choose a king by his cover (or a wife, husband, friend, president for that matter). Beautiful bodies lose their lure when they house a shriveled heart.
Father, help us to be discerning enough to not be caught in the appearance trap ... and live to regret it. In Jesus' name. Amen.