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

Men see the world differently than God does. When God led Samuel to anoint the next king, Samuel laid eyes on eight different men, but he failed to see them as God did. By outward appearance, Eliab was a natural choice. He was tall and looked the part of a king, yet God saw right through appearances. In a mentoring moment, God encourages Samuel to take a second look. A man fit to be a king and leader of God's people is qualified by his heart and not his appearance. God is quick to coach Samuel on the right way to look at a man.

The heart of a man is most important to God. Burning this moment between Samuel and God into your mind will lead you to assess both yourself and others accurately. We live in a world that celebrates the outward self and cares little about the heart. Training yourself to be God's man means seeing as God sees. Take a look around and pray that you can see others through God's eyes.

DO THIS TODAY: Ask God to help you see others as He does. 


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