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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Impacted by The Word: Part 1

The other morning was one of those times when God drew me into His Word and continued to bring me further and deeper through the stories of the Bible. It was exhilarating, as it always is, to see these ancient words come alive in my life.
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12
The first story I was lead to was that of Samuel. This was a man who could literally go on coffee dates with God and speak to Him clearly. They had an incredibly special relationship.
"And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground... for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord."
1 Samuel 3:19-21
Yet, when sent to anoint a new King of Israel the Lord told him nothing other than "go and do it." (1 Samuel 16) The prophet of God had to go into a family, with the whole town watching, without a clue what or who he was looking for. Can you imagine getting to the end of the line, not knowing David exists, having rejected all of the sons set before you? I would doubt that I ever heard the voice of the Lord at all, much less correctly. I would question if I should have come and would feel directionless.

But the passage reveals none of those thoughts. Samuel instead pressed on, and in verse 11 asks for the son he trusts in the Lord to provide. Another son has to exist. Samuel trusts in God's direction enough to know His plans will come to pass as He had said. Verse 12 shows God giving Samuel an answer; a King to anoint, to fulfill the calling God gave him.

There is so much to be seen here:
how Samuel could have decided on many brothers based on pretty convincing details (vs 6),
how God's plans played out perfectly (He knew David was there),
how Samuel never seemed to doubt that God had chosen someone not immediately before him,
and how even a chosen prophet of God has something to learn about how God chooses people and what matters to him (vs7).

But, of all that, I see most readily the trust of Samuel in the Lord's timing, provision, and voice. Where I would fail, and am failing, Samuel shows that the only way to succeed is to persevere in trusting the Lord. In all that He is and all that He does.

I am in transition in life, with little idea of where God is leading me. The question is, Do I trust like Samuel?

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