But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because 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.”
In the beginning of this text, God not only had rejected the current King, Saul because of disobedience to God's command concerning Israel's enemies, but God had also chosen a new king from the house of Jesse.
Scripture declares in 1 Samuel 15:22-obedience is better than sacrifice.
Having rejected the current king, God now send the Prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse the Bethlehemite to choose Israel's next king.
In the world in which we live many are valued, esteemed, put on pedals, worshiped, judged, promoted, passed over, welcomed, rejected, disrespected, given opportunities and advancement, ignored, denied, turned away, refused needed help, etc based on their outer appearance.
Jesse had 8 sons and he initially brought out the first 7 and presented them before Samuel. In response, Samuel said, “Jesse, the Lord hasn’t chosen any of these young men.”
Having seen Jesse oldest son, Eiab and what he looks like outwardly Samuel says to himself "He has to be the one the Lord has chosen” but he was not.
God immediately rejects that thought by telling the Prophet Samuel "do not look at his outward appearance because I have rejected him."
When Jesse called David from attending the sheep we are told what God said to the Prophet Samuel concerning David "RISE AND ANOINT HIM, THIS IS THE ONE'!
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!! LOOK AT GOD!!!!
Feeling like you have been at the back of the line too long? Everyone getting promoted but you? WAIT ON GOD!
David was considered the "black sheep" of of the family but God saw a "King" in David, His servant whom he was preparing to be the future king of His people Israel.
Never count out small beginnings. Never judge people by their outer appearance.
I don't care what it looks like, if God said it, "TELL HIM THANK YOU" in advance.