When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”
-1 Samuel 16:6-7
Have your eyes ever fooled you? Have they led you to believe something only to find out you were completely wrong and deceived by what you saw? Of course you have! Spend a minute on Facebook. It won’t take long to be deceived. The pictures posted tell you one story but often beyond the pictures the real story is much different. We must be cautious to see and immediately begin to think.
The Lord has told Samuel He will choose one of Jesse’s sons to replace Saul as king. Eliab was the first of seven sons to pass before Samuel and based upon appearance, Samuel was certain this must be the one. However, the Lord tells Samuel He doesn’t consider the same things people do. The Lord actually considers the heart over appearance. (If you read on, the Lord chooses David, the youngest son of Jesse as king.)
What other things do we consider that the Lord most likely doesn’t? David didn’t really look the part. He wasn’t old enough. He didn’t have the experience. But the Lord looked past it all to David’s heart. Does this bother anyone else but me? We are all about appearance. Does he or she look the part? What does their experience look like? What does their resume’ look like? Shucks, we won’t even consider those who don’t check those boxes. Should we be concerned that pretty much all of the people God chose and used throughout Scripture wouldn’t be considered today? Moses killed a guy with his bare hands and hid him in the sand. David commits adultery and has a guy murdered. Paul persecuted Christians. Mary was a no-name girl from a no-name town. The twelve disciples wouldn’t be on anyone’s list today either.
Many of you reading this have probably thought at some point, “There’s no way I could do this or be that.” But what if there is a way? God made a way for all these knuckleheads. God’s made a way for this knucklehead too. Ask God to reveal your heart to others. Pray that others would see the real you. (That could be a scary prayer so pray with caution!) And most importantly, let’s pray that we see past the fluff and into the heart of others.