Reading: 1 Samuel 16: 1-5
1 Samuel 16:4 – Samuel did what the Lord said.
As a prophet of God, at times Samuel has brought words that were tough for the person or people to hear. The results of Samuel’s words are not often positive. The Holy Spirit works much the same way in our lives. When we sin the Spirit quickly convicts us and forces a change in us. When the elders of Bethlehem see Samuel approaching, they are cautious and guarded. They are straight forward in the conversation: “Do you come in peace?” is their opening line with Samuel. ‘Yes and no’ would be the honest answer.
King Saul is not happy with Samuel. Samuel has very recently told Saul that God has rejected him as king. Initially, when God tells Samuel to go to Bethlehem, Samuel is fearful. So too are the elders. What might Samuel be doing in their town? Will Saul punish them for having Samuel there? Or worse? At times we too are put to the test. At times our faith leads us to follow God’s will into places and situations that bring up fear or doubt or that may have a cost to us. Doing what is right or speaking the truth sometimes creates conflict or ruffles feathers.
God has a plan. He answers Samuel’s fears and Samuel heads off to do God’s work. Samuel voiced his concern to God and God responded. This is what we are called to do as well. God desires an open and honest relationship with us too. So when we feel doubt or fear or lack of trust, we need to bring this to God. When we are unsure of where to go or of how to proceed, we need to go to God in prayer, to seek God’s plan. Like Samuel, God will lead us past our fear, our doubt, our concerns. Like Samuel, we must call on God alone and we must fully rely on God’s plan, knowing that God is in control of all things and that God has good plans for us.
“Samuel did what the Lord said”. May we follow Samuel’s example.