Good Directions

1 Samuel 16:1-5

What was Samuel’s problem? He was panic-stricken. He was just plain scared. Where were Samuel’s eyes? Well, they certainly weren’t on the Lord. They were riveted on Saul.

From a human viewpoint, of course, Samuel was right. King Saul was murderous. But God was completely aware of the situation. After all, Saul was the one God was going to use to shape David’s life in the in-between years, between the sheep and the throne. God knew Saul very well.

By the way, do you have a Saul in your life? Is there somebody who irritates and rubs and files and scrapes and irritates you? God knows all about it. That person is all part of His plan, strange as that may seem. The Lord doesn’t answer Samuel’s remark about Saul. Instead, He says, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ You shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you” (1 Samuel 16:2–3).

Follow the Leader! That’s what God is saying. You don’t have to be smart to be obedient. You don’t have to be creative or clever. All you have to do is obey. We think we have to sort of outwit God on the horizontal. But God says, “I know your situation. I’m telling you exactly what you ought to do, so go do it. Take a heifer, go to Jesse, offer the sacrifice, and look around. I’ll tell you the man I’ve chosen for the job.” Isn’t that simple?

God has some extremely exciting things in mind for His children. For some it may happen tomorrow. For some it may happen next month or next year or five years down the road. We don’t know when. For some, it could happen today. But the beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray. He knows exactly where He’s taking us. Our job is to obey, to live in close fellowship with God as we walk our earthly path. In the process of that simple arrangement, God engages us in His eternal plan.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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