Date: March 16
1 Samuel 16:7, 18
"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."
"One of the young men said, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who plays skillfully, a valiant man, a man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him."
The first verse is what God spoke to Samuel when he had to select and anoint the next king of Israel. The second verse describes the quality of David, the son of Jesse (who later became the next king of Israel).
In the first verse, God gave Samuel some criteria about how to select Israel's next leader. God said, "Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature… for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."
People are always judging each other based on outward appearances. God doesn't say that we should not look at those things. He says that we should not base our decisions on those things. So if you are looking to select someone as your leader or even if you're looking to select someone as a spouse, you should be looking at the inward qualities first. You have to look at the person's heart. But how do we determine what's on the inside of a person? Well the inside qualities are the things that we hear and see. It's by listening to how the person speaks and observing how the person acts.
As you read verse 18, you will see the qualities of a good leader. The Bible says, "..a valiant man, a man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him." So David, the son of Jesse, was a courageous man. He was not a person who was timid. When something needed to be done, he would be there no matter what. He was also a man of war. In other words, he was never afraid of opposition.
Another very good quality to notice about David is that he was prudent of speech. So he didn't just talk for the sake of talking. He spoke with purpose. He had a goal when he opened his mouth. He wanted to achieve something with his words. He used his language to encourage, to bless, and to heal. David was also eloquent, meaning he spoke well. In order for a person to be eloquent, he would need to learn the parts of speech. David knew how to speak eloquently, the Bible says. The last quality mentioned is found in verse 18b, "and the Lord is with him." That is the most important quality that a person can have.
So those were the inner qualities that people saw in David. Those are the qualities that we should use when choosing a leader or a spouse. The outward appearance helps but your decisions should be based on the person's inward qualities. It's so important to make sure the person you choose to become your leader or your spouse possesses these godly characteristics.