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I picked up the game Faces last year at Barnes and Noble, because I was desperate for something to do with the young people on a Thursday night(I had a gift card too!)and it looked like something they might enjoy.  This is a fun game where each player is given a certain number of cards with different faces on them.  Six of these cards will be layed out on the board and then the moderator for that round will pick a card and all the players will make their own judgment, based on what the card says.  For example, the card might read, “the one who is the life of the party.”  Players must then look at all the faces and decide which one they think would fit the bill.  The six faces are numbered, and each player also has a group of cards numbered from 1 to 6 that they use for voting.  After everyone has selected their candidate, they turn their number cards over.  If they have picked the same number face as the moderator, they get to move up a space, and the moderator moves up a space for everyone who voted for the same number as him/her.  The game is enjoyable, because a lot of the people pictures that they have are older black and white photos from the days before people knew it was okay to smile when you got your picture taken.  Anyhow, I woke up in the middle of the night last week, thinking about how we sometimes judge people just by looking at their outward appearance.  Sometimes we may be hesitant to witness to people, because we think outwardly they might look a little rough and just not interested in hearing about God.  I put a little spin on this game, cut out some modern day faces, and told our youth that I was going to pretend I was God and that they were to try and make their guesses to reflect what God would think.  I asked them to judge things such as “the one most likely to want a home Bible study” “the future Sunday School teacher at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church” and “the one who is going to be filled with the Holy Ghost.”  Sometimes they guessed right, but sometimes they didn’t.  Outward appearance just really isn’t an accurate guage to tell what is going on inside a person or what their future will hold.  Only God truly knows our hearts.  This truth is illustrated so beautifully in the story of how David was picked and anointed to be the king of Israel.

1Sa 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 1Sa 16:2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.

1Sa 16:3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 1Sa 16:4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?

1Sa 16:5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 1Sa 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1Sa 16:8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

1Sa 16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 1Sa 16:10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

1Sa 16:11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 1Sa 16:12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

1Sa 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Looking at outward appearances, there were probably several sons of Jesse that looked like they might be good “king material.”  Maybe they had muscular builds, an air or confidence or some other quality that we might associate as desirable in a king, but God saw something in David’s heart that He could use.  I remember one day when my daughter was just a toddler, a young man came into our church with a shaved head and goatee beard.  He looked a little rough and I remember looking around wanting to make sure that my daughter was close by.  Sometimes she would wander a little to talk to other kids or adults in the church.  This young man looked kind of scary, but he really did have a hunger in his heart for God, and it wasn’t long after his first visit that God filled him with the gift of the Holy Ghost.  He is still living for God today, active in the church, and if you looked at him, you would probably never guess that he was once a gang banger involved in drive by shootings. 

May God help us not to prejudge people through outward appearance but to see them through His eyes of love. 

When Others See A Shepherd Boy

One by one Jesse’s sons
Stood before the prophet
Their father knew a king
Would soon be found
And each one passed
Except the last
No one thought to call him
Surely he would never
Wear a crown
CHORUS: But when others see a shepherd boy
God may see a king
Even though your life seems filled
With ordinary things
In just a moment He can touch you
And everything will change
When others see a shepherd boy
God may see a king

One by one problems come
And dreams get shattered
And sometimes it’s hard
To understand
But things like chance
And circumstance
They don’t really matter
Our Father holds tomorrow
In His hands


Well it wasn’t the oldest
It wasn’t the strongest
Chosen on that day
And yet the giants fell
And nations trembled
When they stood in his way

by Ray Boltz


7 thoughts on “Faces

  1. Hi Carol, We heard Ray Boltz in concert in Greensboro a number of years ago. He was very good as was the evening until our SUV broke down, and we had to have it (and us) hauled back to Winston-Salem on a flatbed (only we rode in the cab). 🙂

  2. This is one of my favorite songs. My son sang and sings it beautifully. While in attendance at a “service for our Church school, one of the lessons focussed on kids being used by God in BIG ways.” At these services the kids showed thier talent whether it was a poem they had written, a musical instument they play, signing a song or singing. My oldest sang this song and the Spirit of God moved mightily on the audience. It was so very beautiful and of couse as “MOM”, I never heard it sung better.

    Yes–faces can be deceiving and I am so thankful that God looks at my heart, the inner me and not the outward me. Today there are so many hurting people who have learned to “put on a happy face”. You never know what a person is going through…but thank God, He does.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love this game!! 🙂 I know what you mean though, about judging people.. It’s easy to go with our first impressions, just based on someone’s appearance. And I’m so glad God doesn’t do that!

  4. I can relate to this post! Did I ever put on the face. All the while deep inside I was screaming for help. My life was in shambles and I didn’t know which way to turn. But one would never have known from the outward appearance. But thank God, one day a minister approached my mother, who was back-slid for 18 years and lived two blocks away from me, and he told her to give me a message; “Tell your daughter there is a new home missions church in Wasco and she needs to go visit.” Imagine that! God sent a messanger my way. JUST FOR ME! Mom gave me that message. I went. Oh what a change He made in my life.

    God wasn’t looking on the outward appearance, He saw what was going on inside and here I am today, 27 years and 7 months later still pressing on for the Lord!

    Great lesson for your youth Sis Connell, great lesson. Don’t look on the outward appearance. You never know what is going on inside their hearts.

  5. You’ll have to show me that game. I’d like to play sometime. It sounds like it’d be fun. I’ve always liked those verses about how THE LORD chose the next king of Israel, and it wasn’t whom everyone thought. I do like the words to that Ray Boltz song. I’d heard them before. Here’s a good verse: For I delight in the law of God after the INWARD MAN: – Romans 7:22). Good post.

  6. Amen! I’m very thankful that when my brother went through a rather rough stage, there were individuals who prayed right along with me and did not give up on him. Most importantly, God never gave up on him.


  7. Your thoughts about not judging the outward appearance would be a great dinner time topic for families. A great lesson for us all! And now I am going on the hunt for that game!

    I bought the game at Barnes and Noble, but I imagine other places like Wal-Mart or Target might have it too. If you do buy it, let me know how you and your family like it.

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