I’m sure you are familiar with the expression, “more than meets the eye.” It is an expression we often use to emphasize the importance of going beyond a surface level evaluation of a person or a thing. Strictly on the surface, a thing can appear to be something that it is really not. Nature around us is full of these ‘decepticons.’ Certain insects, for instance, can masquerade as a twig or a leaf. Certain reptiles are known to blend in with their surroundings and become virtually indistinguishable.
We live in a world of illusion, and this is not just true of plants and animals. It is also true of people. Our world is full of people desperately trying to impress other people. Appearance often becomes more important than reality itself. Worth is often measured by wealth and looks rather than character and conviction. To be a ‘somebody’ often demands that we put up a front, which is something all too easy to do in the age of social media.
God’s truth probes beneath the surface of our lives and deals with the inner realities of the heart. What God knows about you is always more important than what others think or say. Those who are wise believe God’s truth and embrace reality rather than fantasy. The gospel isn’t a facade or a facelift–it is true transformation from the inside out!
For more, read 1 Samuel 16:1-13