I FOUND A MAN AFTER MY HEART

 “Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.” (1 Samuel 16:1 NASB)

God does things His way and in His timing. This was one of the realities that the prophet Samuel had to face. Samuel, for all of his praying and crying out to God regarding His decision to remove Saul from his kingship did not change His mind.  Samuel understood that God in His rule is sovereign. He also understood something of the ways of God; He Who is the Everlasting One DOES NOT CHANGE BUT HE MOVES. In the Book of Numbers(In one chapter) we read of how the cloud of God’s presence led the children of Israel to move over forty times! His wisdom dictated that they learn to be a people led by His Spirit.  They were pilgrims and strangers in their sojourn in the wilderness and had to develop a new skill. They had learn how to fight.

FROM GLORY TO GLORY

They also must learn to trust the ways of God that He was looking out for their future, which was better than their past. God loves to take a people in their weakness and show them His might. He loves to take them from faith to greater faith, from one victory to another. And ultimately the Lord God will take His people from glory to glory until they are changed into the image and likeness of His Son,Jesus Christ.  When we consider from the Scriptures how marvelous are His ways, we will do as the LORD God instructed the prophet Samuel, “Weep no more over Saul”.

NO FINAL FAILURE

God makes no mistakes, man makes plenty. Samuel would learn that in the end,that God REDEEMS.  Even when the children of Israel did not believe God’s promises causing a whole generation to miss out on their inheritance, He brought their children who had not rebelled into the Land of promise.  I believe God is doing another mysterious work among those who have stopped looking over their shoulders to what God has done and embrace what the Lord wants to do in His people today.  The writer to the Jewish believers wrote, “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.” For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:12-19 NASB)

What seemingly was lost to one generation was kept for new generation if they would hear and obey God’s voice. When losses or disappointments have occurred in your life please remember that God is not being unkind or cruel.  It is often not what God has kept you FROM but what He has kept you FOR. He reserves the BEST for those who are willing to forego the GOOD.

“When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with joyful shouting;  Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”  The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.”(Psalm 126:1-3 NASB)

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