Tuesday, September 30, 2008


1 Sam 16:8-11 - Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "This is not the one the LORD has chosen." 9 Next Jesse summoned Shammah, but Samuel said, "Neither is this the one the LORD has chosen." 10 In the same way all seven of Jesse's sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen any of these." 11 Then Samuel asked, "Are these all the sons you have?”

Choices. It would have been easy and very tempting to Samuel to pick the 'last' of Jesse's sons. For all he knew, he had seen all the sons, but he was sensitive enough to God to know that he had not yet seen what God was looking for, so he asked the question, “Are these all the sons you have?”Most of us have read the story and know that his question prompted Jesse to call for his youngest son David, who was God's chosen king.

I want to live my life like Samuel in this respect. I don't want to settle for less than God wants just because it's all I can see at the time. Lord, please help me to search out Your best, even when it appears to be hidden.

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