1. Now the LORD said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”
2. But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
“Take a heifer with you,” the LORD replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the LORD.
3. Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”
1 Samuel 16: 1–3 NLT
Today’s Passage begins a New Chapter in The Story of Samuel, introducing another character into the mix, along with a fresh injection of drama and danger. God has Rejected Saul as Israel’s Inaugural King, and apparently, it is time for the next candidate to emerge.
Given the brevity of the Passage and the fact that this is clearly a setup for further conflict, I’ll try to keep Today’s Post short. Two things stood out to me as I read Today’s Passage. The first was God’s Attitude in the wake of Saul’s Rejection.
As God’s Priest and Israel’s former Judge, Samuel mourns bitterly for Saul, lamenting his fall from Grace. But God had already moved on and needed Samuel to follow suit. God had another man in mind for the position, and it was time for him to be revealed.
But before we get to Today’s Second Point, I need you to remember one thing from Saul’s Story. Recall that the First Verse of Chapter 13 says Saul reigned in Israel for 42 years. Also, notice what Samuel says to God in Verse Two of Today’s Passage.
When God tells Samuel to go and anoint another King, he immediately displays fear over the Command. Samuel knows what kind of man Saul is. He knows that when he discovers Samuel has anointed another King over Israel, Saul will kill him.
There is a tangible threat of death that God is ushering into The Story of Samuel, not only for the Prophet but for whoever this new King is going to be. In selecting a new King, God is placing His Leadership in a dangerous position, which is the baseline for this ensuing section of The Story of Samuel.
And that brings us to Today’s Second Lesson.
God will make a way!
Look at what God tells Samuel at the end of Verse Two. God gives Samuel a Cover Story to enact His Command. Not only is God a Way Maker, but He’s a Master Strategist in the most calculating ways. God gave Samuel an excuse to bring oil and a sacrifice to anoint a new King in a manner that would bring the lowest degree of attention to his actions.
He gave Samuel a way to fulfill His Command without incurring the immediate wrath of the rejected King Saul. But that does not necessarily mean things will go smoothly for Samuel and the New King. Remember, Saul reigned 42 years over Israel, rejected or not. That is a lot of time to look over your shoulder!
I do not know why God allowed Saul to remain King after his rejection, but over my time writing these DAILY WORD Posts, I’ve learned an Invaluable Lesson, God Always Makes A Way! His Plan may take longer than we deem appropriate, but we’re not the One pulling the strings.
Do you know what it takes to Answer a Prayer? Do you understand the intricacies of Mercy or Grace, the complexities and obscurities of Providence? No. Neither do I. But God does. If He takes His time doing something, don’t assume He’s being cavalier with your issues.
Consider the possibility that God has a few things to work out, maybe even people or situations to remove from your path to make way for His Blessings. Those details take time to manufacture. Sometimes I think we believe God is a magician, waving His hand and uttering a pert, “Voila!” and it’s done.
That’s typically not how it happens. There are physical, spiritual, and fundamental laws in place governing our universe set in place by God Himself when He Created all this. He tends to stay within the bounds of those laws, though He doesn’t have to. It is a discipline I think He adheres to for our benefit.
We cannot break those laws. It’s not possible because our entire lives pivot along their contours. So God, when He stays within those lines as He did with Jesus, is showing us that we can indeed thrive in this life. It just requires Patience, Determination, and Faith because we will not always receive what we want when we want it.
It takes time to Answer a Prayer under those parameters, and we would do well to remember that as we pray. You have no idea what it takes for God to do what He does. But The Story of Samuel pulls back the veil for us so that we can see the development of God’s Plan for our selves. Hold on for the ride cause I can assure you, this one’s gonna get bumpy!
Have a Fantastic Friday, And Remember, God Is Not A Magician, He’s A Master Strategist, And Strategies Take Time To Develop!