It is very true that we do not see like God sees. Why do we say this? Because the human being sees at the physical and the preparation of others on a secular level, but the Lord sees in the depths of the heart and chooses people who according to men are not apt to occupy a certain position.
God calls the prophet Samuel and asks him how long he will cry King Saul. Then He tells the prophet to fill his horn and go to Jesse of Bethlehem, because one of the sons of that man was to be anointed as king:
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
God does not see like us
Jesse never thought that God had chosen one of his sons as king. But something we want to highlight in this story is this: When Samuel went to Jesse and saw the sons of Jesse, he looked at each one’s appearance and said to himself, “This is the anointed of the Lord.” But God told him not to look at appearances:
6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
7 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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:6-7
In the same way, each of Jesse’s children was passing before the prophet and all were rejected. But at that time there was not the least of them, the humble shepherd of sheep:
So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
1 Samuel 16:11
David came, the shepherd of sheep, the best, the forgotten, rejected by his brothers but chosen by God:
12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:12-13
While David’s brothers were trained men of war, who could humanly occupy the position of king, God chose that shepherd of sheep that was forgotten by all, but that was being trained in the mountains, protecting sheep from bears and other beasts. May this story serve to remind us that God has a vision very different from ours.