“The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.'” 1 Samuel 16: 1
For many years Israel didn’t have a “traditional” king. God had been their king by leading the people through judges and prophets such as Samuel. But the people weren’t satisfied. They wanted a king just like everyone else. So God granted their wish and had Samuel appoint the first king of Israel, Saul. When Saul turned out to be a disaster, God sent Samuel to appoint a new king from the family of Jesse.
This was a pretty big deal because Saul was still king when Samuel headed to the small town of Bethlehem to find his replacement. Put yourself in Samuel’s shoes for a moment. God didn’t provide Samuel with many details to identify the next king – not to mention the slight complication that Saul was still king! It’s understandable that Samuel was nervous, and yet God asked Samuel to trust Him and obey. This is what following God’s will is all about. It’s choosing to trust God over our fears. It’s expecting God to fill in the details.
I remember God calling me to leave a great church in Houston, Texas to become the first pastor of our church that was just getting started in metro Atlanta. There was no staff, no land, no building – just a few families praying for a new church and meeting in an empty, unleased doctor’s office. Talk about an uncertain future! Little did I know all God had in store for those next 36 years; God has blessed us more than I could have imagined!
Often when God leads us in a new direction, He doesn’t provide all the details. Like Samuel, God wants us to step out in obedient faith and trust Him to fill in the details. How is God asking you to step out in faith in your life?