Set Your Heart

"For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." – 1 Samuel 16:7

We live in a society where one’s outer appearance is looked at the most. Is the person easy on the eyes? Do they have a strong physique? What kind of car do they drive? Where is their house located? Too often we focus on the superficial parts of a person to determine if we like that person, if we want that person to be part of our group or if they will make a good leader. But here’s the thing: as you look at the depth of the person, you may find that they really aren’t all that attractive. As you look beyond the exterior of the person, you may see that they have no integrity, personality, character, or leadership skills.

You see, what matters most is not what is on the surface, but what is inside. What matters is a person’s heart. So, confession time. How is your heart? What grabs a hold of your heart? In other words, what is your heart set on? It is important that we think about this, because too often our hearts are set upon guilty pleasures or things that make us look good in this world.

To “set your heart” (2 Chronicles 11:16) means to make following God your number one priority. It means making Him more important to you than anything else. Setting your heart to God means nothing else can take first place in your life. That position must be reserved for the One who can put everything into perspective in your life, for the One who can bring real change and satisfaction. That position of first priority must be reserved for the One who accepts you just the way you are, with all your flaws, all your baggage, and all your history.

So do you need to change who or what your heart is set to?

~ Tim Hall (I encourage feedback, questions & comments - email me at