What LOOKS good VS. What IS good

Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.

I saw Proverbs 16:2 today on an Instagram story, and it seriously hit me like a ton of bricks. We are satisfied with whatever LOOKS good; God probes for what IS good.


Sit in that for a second and see what stirs up. For me, it took about negative 3.6 seconds to feel the gravity of this in my own life.

Instagram culture was the first thing that popped into my head. How many of us have Instagram? How many of us have posted a picture because we think we look good and we want others to validate our physical appearance? How many of us have wanted our lives to look really really good when they really really weren’t? How many of us have wanted people to think highly of us? How many of us have weighed our value by how many followers we have or how many likes we get or how many people compliment us in the comments? How many of us have portrayed a version of ourselves that is perfect when it isn’t the reality? On the flip side, how many of us have compared ourselves to someone on Instagram? How many of us have judged someone else based on how many followers they have or what content they post or what they say?

Second, to go along with that, was my desire to be liked and thought highly of by people. God’s approval and human approval cannot co-exist for a fruitful life. You cannot live your life for approval of man and also live your life for the approval of God, because most of the time what get’s you approval from other people looks incredibly different than what get’s you approval from God.

What is our obsession with the portrayal of things that we’re not? Why are we all trying so hard to be something other than exactly who we are? Why do we decide, or even worse, let others decide who we should be? Who the heck are we trying to fool? God can smell our BS from here to Heaven. He knows us down to every last atom, so to think He can’t see right through us is a lie that we are fooling ourselves with. Being something else other than exactly who God created you to be, exactly when He created you to be it, exactly where He placed you to be it is such a monumental waste of time. We can pretend and hide and strive and portray what we think people want to see, but in the end we will end up exhausted and empty. God says He created you and you are good.

What would your life look like if instead of running after what looks good, you ran after what is good? That’s what I want. I want a life running after what really matters, a life of chasing the things that matter to God, to the Kingdom, to eternity. I want a life of herding people instead of herding Instagram likes or compliments or validation. I want a deep life, with deep roots, firmly secured in God. I want a life free of masks and full of Jesus.

I don’t want to look like I love people, I want to love people.

I don’t want to look like I have a beautiful heart, I want to have a beautiful heart.

I don’t want to look like a servant, I want to be a servant.

I don’t want to look like I have good relationships, I want to have good relationships.

I don’t want to look like I’m rooted in Jesus, I want to be rooted in Jesus.

I don’t want to look like I have it all together, I want to point towards the One who works all things together for your good.

I don’t want to look like I love God, I want to relentlessly chase after Him.

Looking means nothing. Being means everything.