So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-7
God rejects Saul as king of Israel and sends Samuel to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem. Jesse has eight sons and one of them is God’s anointed as king.
The firstborn comes into the room. A handsome and strong looking man, Samuel takes one look and believes this is the new king.
However, God rejects Eliab from becoming king. He also rejects the next six.
Samuel looks at the physique of each and accepts them.
God looks at the heart and rejects each but chooses the youngest – the “runt of the liter”. (no disrespect intended)
The youngest is not large and muscular. He is not extremely handsome. He is not very old – just a teenage boy.
Yet God sees in him a heart to follow Him. (1 Sam 13:14)
Like Samuel, I am often judgmental according to the appearance of others. Then God convicts me and I begin to see that person’s heart.
I have found some of the most outwardly beautiful people to have a cold, unfeeling heart and arrogant attitude.
I have also found many homely, overlooked people with a servants heart and a wonderful personality.
It goes to show that you can’t judge a book (or heart) by its cover.