1 Samuel 15: 34-16:13
Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul. Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel morned for him. And the Lord was grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel.
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for 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.”
But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me.”
The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”
Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they meet him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”
Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consideration his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
There is still the youngest, Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.
Saul had spared the life of King Agag instead of following the Lord’s instructions to totally destroy all the Amalekites. For this reason now God has rejected Saul as king. Samuel goes to Bethlehem, with fear of Saul killing him, to follow God’s instructions to anoint one of Jesse’s sons with the horn of oil to become king. It is better to lose our life while obeying God than to choose to save our life while disobeying God. God protected Samuel and safely directed him to anoint David to be the future king of Israel. When God looks for someone to follow him, he looks on the heart while man looks on the outward appearance. We must learn to follow God’s word and not to trust outward appearances.
Father thank you that we can always fully trust you in all things because you are faithfully looking out for our good. Send your Holy Spirit to teach us to obey in faith your word without question or doubt. We ask that you anoint us to grow spiritually to become who you have created us to be, in Jesus’ name, amen.