DO WE WAIT FOR THE LORD'S GUIDANCE?
I have been at home for about 17 days and other than being bored things have gone well. Therapy is a challenge because I have always been aggressive doing my exercises but this time, because of the hematoma, I was told to not be aggressive. Now, I ask you, how do you exercise without being aggressive? Or, better yet, why would you exercise without being aggressive? Then again, is it exercise without aggression? I have been out of commission too long! My mind is focused on minutia.
I want to bring to your attention to the first 13 verses of chapter 16. As you have read, this is where the Lord has directed Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to anoint the son that He has selected as king. Of course Samuel is afraid but the Lord instructs Samuel as to how he should go about this without drawing Saul’s attention and Samuel does as he was instructed. He goes to Bethlehem, where under the guise of a sacrifice, he consecrates Jesse and his sons and invites them to the sacrifice, as they are entering Samuel sees Eliab and thinks “surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.” But the Lord says, “No, not him.” Then Jesse calls Abinadab and the Lord says “not him either,” and then Shammah, “Nor him.” In all Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse “The Lord has not chosen these.” “Are these all your children?” And then Jesse tells Samuel about his youngest that is out tending the sheep and Samuel says to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” And as soon as David enters the Lord tells Samuel to “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”
Now, I have just a couple of thoughts. If Samuel said that they would not sit until the youngest son comes before him why does the Lord say “Arise”? (Again, too much time on my hands.) Then because I am human I wonder how many of us would have stopped with Eliab who was tall and handsome. Or stopped with Abinadab or Shammah or for that matter any of the seven because we lack the patience to wait on the Lord. And then we have Jesse who presents seven of his sons to Samuel without once thinking of David until he is asked if he has any more children. What was that about? Maybe God saw something in David that Jesse did not see.
Questions that may be of no interest to anyone but me. But now you see how my mind works. Isn’t it interesting?