From today's reading (1 Samuel 16:1-13):
'When they arrived, he caught sight of Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed one stands there before him’, but the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Take no notice of his appearance or his height for I have rejected him; God does not see as man sees; man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.’'
In today's reading, God has sent Samuel to Bethlehem so that He can reveal to Samuel the king He has chosen among the sons of Jesse.
The passage, above, is taken from Samuel's time in Bethlehem. Seeing one of Jesse's sons Samuel assumes him to be the one God has chosen. But God informs Samuel that this is not the one He has chosen and suggests that Samuel must be careful not to put too much weight on Eliab's outward appearance; rather, it is what is in Eliab's heart that really matters.
Consider this passage in the context of our own lives for a moment. Are we often found judging people too readily just because of their appearance? Do we judge a book by its cover? Shouldn't we strive to see as God sees, by exploring a person's heart in order to find out who they really are?
God knows what is in our hearts. He knows even our most intimate thoughts. And we, like Eliab and his brothers, will be judged accordingly.