Short Bible Study with me about 1 Samuel 16:7


Hello, dear friends! Ever feel like you’re constantly being judged by your outward appearance, accomplishments, or material possessions? In a world that places so much value on the external, it’s comforting to remember that God looks deeper. He sees our heart! In today’s study, we’re diving into 1 Samuel 16:7, a verse that reveals God’s unique perspective compared to man’s. This is a powerful reminder that our worth isn’t bound up in what others think or see.

Get ready to be inspired and encouraged as we explore what it truly means to be seen by God who values the heart above all else. Let’s journey together and find ways to apply these truths in our daily lives. So grab your Bible, a comfy seat, and let’s dive into this rich study!

Bible Verse

"But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’" — 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)


In 1 Samuel 16:7, we find a profound shift in perspective. The prophet Samuel was on a mission to anoint a new king for Israel, and he, like many of us, was initially swayed by outward appearances. But God instructed Samuel to look deeper, teaching him that divine selection is based on internal qualities rather than external attributes.

This verse is part of the story where David, the youngest son of Jesse, was chosen by God to be the next king. Despite his youth and humble beginnings, David had a heart that sought after God. God’s criteria are different from man’s; He values sincerity, integrity, and a heart that aligns with His will.

In a broader sense, this verse challenges us to reconsider how we evaluate others and ourselves. While society often emphasizes beauty, stature, and achievements, God’s standards focus on the character and intentions of the heart. This teaching encourages us to cultivate a heart that seeks to conform to God’s character—full of love, faith, and humility.

Actions to Take

  1. Evaluate Your Priorities: Regularly assess if your priorities align more with God’s standards or society’s standards.

  2. Practice Heartfelt Kindness: Engage in acts of kindness without seeking recognition. Let your actions stem from a genuine, loving heart.

  3. Seek Inner Growth: Spend time in prayer and Bible study to foster a heart that reflects God’s love and righteousness.

  4. Encourage Others: Recognize and affirm the positive qualities in others that reflect a good heart, rather than focusing on their external attributes.

  5. Self-reflection: Regularly examine your own heart to identify areas that need alignment with God’s heart.

Journal Prompts

  1. How do you feel knowing that God looks at your heart rather than your outward appearance?

  2. What are some areas in your life where you have focused too much on outward appearances?

  3. How can you start valuing the heart qualities in others more consistently?

  4. Reflect on a time when your heart’s intentions were pure, and how that made a difference in your actions.

  5. Write a prayer asking God to help you cultivate a heart that aligns with His.


Dear Lord, thank You for seeing me for who I truly am and valuing my heart above all else. Please help me to cultivate a heart that aligns with Yours—a heart full of love, kindness, humility, and faith. Guide me to see others as You see them and to prioritize inner qualities over external appearances. Lord, strengthen me to follow Your example, and to act out of true, heartfelt intentions in every aspect of my life. Amen.

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As we wrap up this study, let’s take to heart the profound truth that God looks at our inner beings, not our outward appearances. This knowledge should bring comfort and inspire us to live lives focused on pleasing God, rather than conforming to societal standards. Remember, your heart matters most to God.

Thank you for joining us in this enriching study of 1 Samuel 16:7. We hope it has brought you closer to understanding God’s heart and has encouraged you to cultivate a heart that reflects His love and goodness. Stay connected with us at for more insightful and uplifting Bible studies. Your journey to a deeper understanding and application of God’s Word continues here!

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Q&A about 1 Samuel 16:7

Sure! Here’s a question and answer based on 1 Samuel 16:7:

In 1 Samuel 16:7, what does the Lord tell Samuel about judging others, and how does this perspective differ from human judgment?

In 1 Samuel 16:7, the Lord tells Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” This means that God instructs Samuel not to judge based on external attributes, such as physical appearance or stature, which are often the criteria humans use. Instead, God emphasizes the importance of inner qualities, specifically the condition and intentions of the heart. This perspective highlights the difference between divine judgment and human judgment, where God values internal integrity and character over outward appearances.

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