Tuesday: 3rd December, 2019
Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
‘Dress as you want to be addressed’- this statement sums up much of today’s text about rendering judgement. Many people tend to categorise others and take up biased or prejudiced opinions solely on the basis of external appearances. Taking it a step further: what is heard about others has in some ways also become the gold standard with which to judge.
As Human, we always put our hands up and argue that we are not biased or prejudiced, but the truth is we do have some inherent biases. Over time, our attitudes and opinions of others have been shaped along particular lines by virtue of our different experiences. Therefore, while others do this consciously, we often show preference and prejudice unconsciously.
Just like when Samuel was sent to anoint David as king of Israel, armed with no description but a horn of oil, he was immediately drawn to Eliab thinking he was the chosen one by virtue of his stature and appearance(1 Sam.16:6). But God’s choice was another. This is in no way calling us to present ourselves shabbily on the outside since appearances shouldn’t matter, because in reality, they inform.
It is rather a reminder that we ought to look beyond this outward appearance. My dear, appearances do influence, but they should not become the determinants of our opinions of and our attitudes towards others, we need more than that. We need interaction, revelation and understanding.