1 Samuel 9:1-2 “There was a man from the tribe of Benjamin named Kish. He was the son of Abiel, grandson of Zeror, great-grandson of Becorath, great-great-grandson of Aphiah—a Benjaminite of stalwart character. He had a son, Saul, a most handsome young man. There was none finer—he literally stood head and shoulders above the crowd!” (MSG)
From the onset, King Saul had qualities that gave him a head start above any other contender for the highest position in the land. He had imposing height above anyone else and the charismatic charm that disarmed even the harshest of critics and the wealth to back the talk. He was no Johnny come late pretender, but had all that could physically influence constituents towards his favour- Yes, qualified in the eyes of man, but his scorecard before God was a dismal failure.
Looks can often be deceptive, and as this popular choice of the people reveals, the greatest tragedy in most kingdoms, nations and republics of this world is to be hoodwinked into electing representatives who look the part outwardly but are indeed very far from the part. Controlling the wealth outlets and media houses, they create a perception in the minds of the citizenry that their destinies lie with them, only to disappoint when they fail to deliver.
Samuel the Prophet succinctly put it- man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7)