Have you checked the labels on your grocery items lately? You may be getting less than you thought. According to U.S. News & World Report, some manufacturers are selling us the same size packages we are accustomed to, but they are putting less of the product in the box. For example, a box of well-known detergent that once 61 ounces now contains only 55. Same size box, less soap.
How something is wrapped doesn’t always show us what’s on the inside. That’s true with people as well. We can wrap ourselves up in the same packaging every day – nice clothes, big smile, friendly demeanor – yet still be less than what we appear to be.
Samuel’s search for a king to replace Saul shows that God looks deeper than outward appearances. The prophet Samuel was interested in packaging, but God was interested in contents. And He knew that David had what it took to be king. Indeed, as Ray Boltz says in song, “When others see a shepherd boy, God may see a king.”
We live in a world that often measures that value of products – and people – by their packaging. But let’s not become preoccupied with outward appearance and neglect what’s on the inside. In God’s eyes, it’s the contents that counts! – J. David Branon
Think no alone of outward form,
Its beauty will depart;
But cultivate the Spirit’s fruits
That grow within the heart. – D. J. De Haan
Reputation is what others think you are; character is what God knows you are.
- June 22, 1992, Our Daily Bread