Missing God's Big PictureKing Saul had made a mess of things by not following all that God had commanded him, so God sent his prophet, Samuel, on a secret mission to pick out the next king from the sons of Jesse in Bethlehem. Although Saul would reign for many more years, God wanted his next king to be getting ready.
Samuel asked Jesse to bring in his sons, and Jesse gladly obliged, first presenting Eliab, who made a definite impression on Samuel. He “looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord’” (I Sam. 16:6).
But God told Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”