Samuel the King Maker went looking for a King. He had been given specific instructions by God to go to the house of Jesse to seek the new king of Israel. The Lord knows his own; God had previous knowledge of David; in my school days we called it “PK”, previous knowledge. You see, God knew David’s heart. This would lead one to believe that David already had an intimate relationship with his Maker.
There are a few lessons to be learnt in this passage of scripture.
1.Verse 1 starts with God admonishing Samuel for his continual mourning over Saul whom the Lord had rejected. How many times do we wallow in self-pity when God is trying to make changes in our lives? This is God Almighty who has rejected Saul; Samuel the prophet, a mere man continues to mourn. This is typical human behaviour where we make God small in our eyes instead of seeing the big picture. Apparently, Samuel must have felt that God was not capable of doing anything greater than Saul. Er, Samuel why would you doubt God’s plans? We are talking about the King of Kings not a mere man; and yet we all have doubted God’s power in one way or another.
2. In verse 2 note the fear of Samuel that even though God had rejected Saul as king, Samuel was still afraid to move forward. How often has God directed us to move forward to the next level but we choose to remain where we are out of fear or our own insecurities. Here is a prophet of God, choosing to fear Saul who is a man like him rather than obey the Most High God. This tells us that God’s shepherds are also human and have their own issues and shortcomings. It is important, therefore, that the flock cover the shepherds in prayer at all times.
3. In verse 4, we see that the elders of the town trembled at Samuel’s presence asking if he came in peace. The lesson here is that if we are doing what is right in God’s sight, we need not be fearful or tremble in His presence. Then again, it is important also to have reverent fear for the Lord. Samuel being God’s prophet and representative engendered that fear and reverence in the hearts of the town elders. In this present age, when men do not fear God nor have any regard for His authority, it is heart warming, to say the least, that these men trembled!
4. In verse 6, Samuel falls victim to Eliab’s charm. He thought that surely Eliab was God’s chosen. Even God’s prophet was looking at the outward appearance.God told Samuel he had rejected Eliab. Men look at the outward appearance but He God looks at the heart. I say a resounding “Amen” to that.
- What a blessing it is to know that our God cares nothing about our outward appearance; our posturing, clamouring, and striving that we humans do especially now in the Body of Christ means absolutely nothing.
- What a joy to know that only God is our glory and the lifter of our head. Only He promotes and lifts up.
Sometimes we go through pains and hurts of being slighted, disappointed in different ways. We should still keep the faith and keep soldiering on in our faith walk. When your elevation comes, no man can contest it.How sweet is the victory that comes only from the Most High. Consider that David was not even in the running to be King of Israel! He was out in the fields tending the sheep. He was forgotten, completely overlooked; seven of his brothers passed by Samuel before David was noticed. David was at the bottom of the barrel. Thank God we have a God who places a high value on us even when men discount us. He knows what is in our hearts, for the Lord knows His own. God knew who His man was. God knew David intimately that is why King David is called “a man after God’s own heart.” In everything we do, we should seek to be known by God and not men.