“When they had come, he looked on Eliab [the eldest son] and said, Surely the Lord’s
anointed is before Him.”
1 Samuel 16:6
Samuel thought his job was a success when he saw Eliab.
We must remember Samuel was sent to anoint a king, so the person he would anoint
was not ordinary. He would have something that separated him from everyone else.
So when Samuel looked at Eliab’s physical appearance he was convinced he was the one.
He had the muscles, the height, the intelligence, and was well spoken.
What Samuel saw convinced him Eliab was the one but the Lord said something that made
him change his mind;
“But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature,
for I have rejected him.
For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord
looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
“Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature; for I have rejected him.” (emphasis mine)
I like to imagine that Eliab was the “Dwayne Johnson” of his time. He had everything a man would
want. He was a first born, an ultimate warrior, had the voice, and so on. Who wouldn’t want to be like him?
But the Lord rejected him!
The Lord only rejects those who reject Him (Matthew 10:33) so that’s what must have happened here.
Eliab trusted in himself. He didn’t need YAH.
His confidence was in himself. He didn’t look to YAH for help.
We can conclude that Eliab didn’t have a relationship with YAH.
There is a lesson we can take from this.
Where is your confidence? Are you depending on yourself, your resources, your education,
Are those things stopping you from trusting the Lord.
The word is very clear about what YAH is looking at? He is not impressed with our show of strength.
He wants us to look to Him. He wants a relationship with us.
While Eliab was wrapped up in himself, David his brother was in the field getting closer to YAH.
His relationship with YAH was getting stronger and stronger.
He trusted the Lord completely. The Lord was his consuming passion night and day. He
communed with the Lord daily. He sang songs to Him.
The Lord called him a man after His own heart.
The Lord wants our hearts friends not our “strength”.
He is not impressed when we try to go at life on our own steam.
He wants to be first in our lives, not second.
He wants our hearts set on Him and nothing else.
ACT ON IT – Is the Lord first in your life?
What is stopping Him from being first?
Bless you friends