How to Pick Leaders


The book of Samuel offers valuable lessons in selecting candidates for leadership roles.

God’s prophet Samuel is recruiting for a new King of Israel.  He has been led to a pool of candidates, all from the same family.  And as Samuel looked at the first of the candidates presented, Samuel thinks he has found the one.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 

And Samuel looked at all seven sons presented. None were it. The Lord had chosen someone else.  But who?  So Samuel asked the dad if there were any more.  And one more was found––the youngest––a shepherd boy.  You guessed it.  He was the one.  David. 

Three lessons in selecting leaders:  First, look for God’s choice.  Second, do not judge a book by its cover.  Finally, keep seeking until you find the right heart. 

Bonus lesson. Evaluate yourself as leader.  What is your heart condition?  Clogged with jealousy and selfishness ambition?  Or is your heart one after God’s own heart?


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