He had that look. Big shoulders, bulging muscles. Confident. Brave. Perhaps even a little arrogant. He was ruggedly handsome with piercing eyes. He was a warrior and a leader. Imposing and formidable.
He looked like a king.
Even Samuel – the great prophet – thought so.
But Eliab was not the Lord’s choice.
Nor was Abinadab. Or Shimea. Nor Jesse’s four other sons.
They all looked like royalty, but they missed the mark.
“Is there anyone else?” Samuel desperately inquired.
“Only the youngest, David. He is out in the pasture tending the sheep.”
“Send for him at once. We will not eat until he arrives.”
And as they say, the rest is history. David was anointed King of Israel and the Spirit rested on him from that time.
He was chosen, not because he looked like a king but because he had the heart of a king. Man looks at outward appearance but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Authentic is a buzz word at the moment, especially among Christians. We desire to be authentic in our faith as we know Timothy was:
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you (2 Timothy 1:5).
According to Merriam Webster, authentic means to be true to one’s spirit.
David was chosen as king because he was authentic. God liked the look of David’s heart. He was true to the spirit within him.
Would God say the same of you?
Sometimes we try to complicate things but being authentic is not difficult. It is being true to the spirit of God within you.
You may not be in the presence of a great prophet or influencer, today you just might be tending the sheep. Regardless of who is watching, be authentic. Be true to the spirit of God within. You never know where a heart like that will take you.