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Eliab Syndrome

"When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, 'Surely the Lord's anointed stands before the Lord.' But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'" (1 Sam.16:6-7).

In today's verses, Samuel was chosen to anoint a new king for Israel. When he walked in the door of Jesse's home he saw Eliab. Eliab, Jesse's oldest son must have been physically impressive because Samuel was sure that he was the chosen successor to Saul. Much to Samuel's surprise, God informed him that he was wrong. We come to something here that has always been important to God. "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." This has been a problem for man forever and I like to call it Eliab Syndrome. As we look around us at our fellow Christians, we often find ourselves getting into the evaluation business. The most important evaluation that we ought to do is of ourselves, and here is where the Eliab Syndrome may come into play. Unfortunately, we often use this to take the measure of other Christians too. Lets see..... He comes all the services so he must be a good and faithful Christian. She misses a lot of the time, she must be a weak Christian. Sound familiar? When we have some sort of church related activity, he's always there. Certainly that must make him a good Christian. She rarely attends one of our activities so she must be weak. He shows a willingness to lead, so for sure that must make him strong and faithful. She never offers to teach a class so she must be weak and ineffective. All of these things, though important, measure people from the outside, and God expects more from us! I will continue these thoughts tomorrow.

Have a great start to your week...Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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