Frightened? Go anyway.

 1 Samuel: 16;1-13 v v2 “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said to Samuel. “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as King of Israel. Go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king. “Samuel said 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, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”

The Lord told Samuel “You have mourned enough”. He gave him instructions on moving on. But Samuel was more than a little worried about what he was to do next. How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” God as always had a plan. He told Samuel to follow the religious practices of the time and to offer a sacrifice with Jesse, who would then bring his sons and God would tell him which son to anoint. When we have put time and effort into something that fails, we are often sad about it. But a life centered on listening to God leads us forward, however frightening that may be, to new challenges. As we continue to pray, to read the bible and to consult with friends in Christ , God has a plan to move forward. It will require us to be respectful to those God puts in our path to help us. “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

“And the spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on.”

Prayer: Almighty God, help us today to trust those in our path who will help us to move forward with your plans. Amen.

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