Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah

Like me you might not immediately recognise these names. They are hardly known at all, although these three young men in the Bible were strong, brave and handsome. They were a delight to behold but inside their hearts were rebellious and not in tune with God.

They were scornful of their youngest brother, a simple shepherd who followed God closely and loved Him. Yes, they were the brothers of David, the first king of Israel. He was a youth who looked unpromising material for God to use. As they were present when David was anointed by Samuel, they probably also jealous.

A lesson to us,and especially to me, not to look on the outward appearances. God looks on the heart. And also not to be jealous.