Withholding the Promise

1 Samuel 16

 

It is not of God’s nature to withold any promise, but we must wait on Him and not rush His plans that He has for us.

David Anointed King

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

 

  1. Sanctify Yourselves

God has to set you apart in order for Him to set you up. You may look on the outside thinking more about the delay but He is preparing you to do a mighty work for Him. Don’t focus on the issue focus on His calling.



When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

 

  1. Look at the Heart

We tend to look on the outside of a person and not the heart, we are so good at noticing the small things, their failures, their habits. But are we praying for them or just observing? Just imagine how useful we would be if we had the eyes of God instead the eyes that judge.

Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?”

 

After the seven sons had passed by Samuel, there were none to anoint.

Just when you think God has forgotten about you. He see’s your heart and knows when to deliver what needs to be delivered at the right time! Don’t be sitting at the table waiting…get back to work being a labour of the harvest.

 

And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

The only son that is left is David, a short, handsome looking man that is raggidy and not presentable to be a king but God sees differently. Are we busy when God is looking for us? Does He have to call for you or are you at the table?

 

Relationship Application:

It’s so easy to rush God’s plan; so tempting just to find that girl on your own or choose the career that you’ve always dreamed of. But what about waiting on God to call you, so set you up, to deliver whatever desire you have on your heart. My prayer always is “God please never let me step out of your will.”

Discussions/Questions

The door that David opened was to be opened only to go into the house to meet Samuel. How many times have we opened doors on our own and found out that there was no table to dine with God?

Challenge:

Pray.

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