“When God told Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint one of Jesse’s sons, it was Samuel’s cue to move forward from grieving Saul. It was a watershed moment, in which God was moving Israel towards the new king He had for them. From the story of David’s anointing, we learn a few key things about God’s plan:
1. God often asks us to let go of the old to make room for the new. Samuel had to stop grieving Saul’s kingship in order to be obedient to God. Though we don’t need to give up everything in our lives, God often calls us to surrender what was in order to step into what He has next for us.
2. God rarely tells us His entire plan up front. Samuel journeyed to Bethlehem with simple instructions—go to Jesse’s house. He didn’t know which son God would choose. He didn’t know anything about Jesse’s sons. God will often give us only the first step of obedience, and leave the details unknown to us.
3. God has the final say over our destiny. Neither Samuel nor David’s family thought David would amount to anything—that’s why they didn’t even invite him to the meeting with Samuel. However, God caused David to walk into the room to a standing salute from the rest of his family, and be anointed king. No matter what others think, God has the final say over your destiny!
Walk in obedience to God, even when you don’t have all the answers. Don’t be afraid to let go, and don’t be afraid to go through a few options to find His will for you. If God isn’t worried about your future, don’t allow worry into your life either! He has the final say!
Dr. Derek Grier