Samuel arrived to anoint the next king of Israel. He assumed it was Eliab, the tall, handsome oldest brother. But God said:
“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Then God told Samuel to anoint the youngest, least regarded brother, the shepherd boy David.
Fast-forward one chapter: David the shepherd boy encourages the Israeli army that God will give them victory over Goliath, and David puts his life on the line to defend God's honor. Tall, handsome Eliab stands around calling David names (1Samuel 17:28).
What a contrast between David's and Eliab's hearts!
Dear Lord, help us look beyond externals like appearance, position, wealth and popularity and see ♥s as You see them.
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
This devotion is re-published from the 2011 archives
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