Samuel came looking. He was on a mission. A divine mission.
King Saul was going to be replaced. God needed a new king in Israel.
“Samuel, here’s your mission, Go anoint the next king of Israel for Me.” Godly missions will always bring fear to your bones. They will make your insides shake when you think about it. “The God of all creation picked you to do His work.”
“Don’t think about it, just purpose in your heart to do it. You probably do not know how nor do you know the words to say.”
Moses didn’t when God spoke to him out of the burning bush. Moses, following God’s instructions, did lead a nation out of captivity. He didn’t have an army or a gun. He had a shepherd’s staff. What’s that? It is a long stick. But that stick would become a snake and then a stick again. It would be there to divide the Red Sea. Insignificant things to man can be used by God.
Back to Samuel. He was sent to the house of Jesse. David, Jesse’s youngest son at that time, was a shepherd boy. His resumé included the slingshot academy. A what? His self-taught learning experience prepared him to defeat the giant Goliath. Those lonely days with the sheep prepared David for the spotlight of royalty. All that thinking in the fields brought about the noble actions of a king. The days of isolation with the sheep prepared him to rehearse how to do different things in various circumstances. To be able to keep the flock calm while he killed the bear and the lion. The sheep followed him in safety. That was practice in leading a nation in time of war. The people had confidence in David’s ability to lead them to victory. They recognized that God was with their leader. That assurance gave them the brave confidence to follow David wherever God would lead him.
When the God of Heaven is first in one’s life, He will always take care of them in unexplainable ways. Ways of confidence, comfort, strength, and provision but most importantly, His Devine presence.
Remember David was a nobody, a shepherd boy, once. He became somebody, a king, to God. David had to go through a course of obstacles to reach that destination of somebody. It was a journey of life, and God was always there. The Lord was present even when David didn’t recognize His quiet presence. God never deserts His children.
Turn around. Be still. Look. You can sense the divine presence of the Almighty in your life.