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Obeying the Lord’s command, Samuel arrived at the house of Jesse and began to thoroughly look over Jesse’s sons to see which one the Lord had chosen to be king.

 

First Samuel 16:6 says, “And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” Eliab was the oldest son of Jesse, or David’s oldest brother. Outwardly he looked similar to Saul; he was tall and handsome, and his countenance was impressive. Although Samuel had just chosen a handsome man who turned out to be a failure, it appears that he was still tempted to be lured in the direction of good-looking flesh and repeat the same mistake he had made with Saul.     

 

 One of the greatest challenges for us in leadership is to not be led by what we see!    

 

One of the greatest challenges for us in leadership is to not be led by what we see! Everything that glitters is not gold, and some of the finest diamonds in the world are buried under rock. We must ask the Spirit of God to give us special discernment that we might see by the Spirit who has the right inward makings to be a leader.

 

Neither can we be moved by need. Just because we have an empty position doesn’t mean we have to immediately find someone to fill it. Whenever we move hastily, we usually make our worst choices. It’s better to wait and be temporarily inconvenienced than to install a wrong person into a position and then later have to figure out a way to remove him. If we will wait on the Lord to direct us, He will bring us the right person.   

 

Most of the leadership mistakes I’ve personally made have occurred because I was moved by need rather than by the Spirit of God.    

 

Most of the leadership mistakes I’ve personally made have occurred because I was moved by need rather than by the Spirit of God. It doesn’t take many of these kinds of mistakes (which, by the way, are often expensive even in terms of money) to learn not to do it again.

 

Before Samuel repeated this mistake again, the Spirit of God stopped Samuel and spoke to him: “…Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

 

One by one, the sons of Jesse passed before Samuel for his inspection. Seven sons passed before Samuel, but none of them were chosen of the Lord to be king. At last, Samuel asked, “…Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him…” (1 Samuel 16:11).

 

No one in the family thought David could be a candidate for king. He was too young. He had too little experience. He was just a small boy, not really even worthy of consideration. He was barely past the age of puberty — certainly not old enough to be used by God!

 

But First Samuel 16:12,13 goes on to say, “And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.”

 

No one would have expected that David was the Lord’s candidate. Yet this young man was precisely whom the Lord chose. The difference between David and Saul was that David had a teachable heart, and Saul did not.     

 

The day you refuse to keep growing and developing is the day you choose to let another take your place.    

 

This is a make-or-break issue when you are a leader or someone who aspires to a leadership position.

 

The day you refuse to keep growing and developing is the day you choose to let another take your place. 

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