1 Samuel 28:16 Seeking Advice After God’s

Man at sunset

Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy?” 1 Samuel 28:16 

People area always looking around to find answers or solutions to their problems in their lives. They want to find a way to change the situation, so they seek advice and direction.

The number of places that people will seek this advice is innumerable. They seek it from books, tv shows, magazines, friends, fortune tellers, zodiac signs, counselors, friends, and much more. All they want is an answer and most do not care where they get that answer from. If one answer does not work, they will try another place.

Saul had chosen not to follow God and His ways to be the king of Israel. God had pulled His Spirit from Saul and left him on his own. At one point there was a large Philistine army up against him. Samuel had already died, so Saul chose to go to a medium to pull up his spirit to ask for guidance in this battle. When Samuel’s spirit was brought up from the dead, Samuel asked why he was consulting him, since God had already given him the answer. Saul had refused to believe that God was pulling the kingdom from him.

Many believers will seek God for an answer, but do not like the answer He gives. It will sometimes mean that they must change or larger problems will occur. Or it may mean they must travel down a rough road. So they will seek the answer somewhere else trying to get favor.

While most believers will not turn to witchcraft and sorcery for answers, they will often turn to others to find an answer after they have heard God’s answer to them. They want to get the answer that will give them special favor.

As a believer, you should seek advice and direction first from God. Then you must accept that advice and direction. God knows what is best for your life and loves you so much so that He will only give you the best advice and direction.

Taking time to seek others, after God has given you direction, will not change what God is doing. It will only pull you out of His will. And the worst place to seek advice is from the world and the dead. Seeking the dead will only bring you death. Seeking Jesus will bring you life.

Consult only God for direction in your life.

I pray today that you will hear God’s directions for your life; that you will trust God’s choices for your life; that God’s peace will be in your life enough to keep you from seeking the world; and that you will always be in the will of God.

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1 Samuel 16:10 Allowing God To Choose

Choices

Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 1 Samuel 16:10 

All around the nation there are elections going on nearly all the time. People work on voting for others going into many different types of government positions or positions in a business, in an organization or even in a church.

Choosing who should be in each position is often done by looking at what they person can or cannot do and what he has done in the past. Sometimes people will also look at the character of the person to help make their choice as to who to vote for.

Rarely do people actually seek God’s answer as to who to choose and to go with His answer.

God had told Samuel that He had rejected Saul as the king and wanted to anoint another to become king. He sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to anoint one of his sons to become king. Jesse brings his first seven older sons to Samuel, leaving behind the youngest.

As each of the older ones passed by Samuel, Samuel thought each might be the one for various outside appearance reasons, yet God rejected each one. God had already made the choice of the youngest, David. Samuel would not choose any that was not chosen by God.

In the same way as Samuel has acted, every believer needs to seek God’s direction in choosing someone for a position or to make any decisions in their lives. Outside appearances of a person can be deceiving. Humans only see the outside, while God sees the entire heart of the person. He is looking for people who will serve Him with all of their heart.

Allowing God to make the choice, does not always look the wisest, yet it is the always the best choice. Those who serve God are the ones God wants to choose.

There will be times you will need to make a choice. It could be for voting for someone for a person or it could be some other choice. Either way, you must bring the choice before God and allow Him to make the decision. Allow God to guide you in what choice you make.

David later become one of the greatest kings Israel ever had. Your choice may be the one that impacts the world, because you allowed God to make the choice.

Today I pray that God will guide you in choices you need to make; that you will allow God to put His choice of people into positions; that you will seek God for every choice needed to be made; and that God will work through you to touch the world. 

1 Samuel 13:8-9 Taking Things Into Your Own Hands

Impatient man

He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 1 Samuel 13:8-9 

Most people do not like to wait for other people. When they want to get something done, they do it themselves. Often it is because they have been let down by others in the past. Friends or co-workers did not show up, so the job had to be done alone.

Having patience to wait for someone else is not something most people have. They want the help and they want it right away on their own timetable.

Saul had done this very thing. He was getting ready to fight against the Philistines. He and Samuel had agreed to a set date for Samuel to come and offering the sacrifices to God for His favor in the battle.

When Samuel did not show up at the appointed time, Saul immediately took things into his own hands. He proceeded immediately to offer the sacrifices to God, something he was not allowed to do. As soon as he had finished offering the sacrifices, Samuel showed up. It was at this point Samuel stated that God was already beginning to pull the kingdom away from Saul, because he did not obey.

It is common for people to call out to God for help, but do not wait for His answer. Or when they hear Him say He will provide the answer, they do not wait for His timing to answer the prayer.

This is often done out of fear. They do not believe God can or will actually accomplish what He said He would do. Instead of following God’s instructions, they take things into their own hands. This shows a lack of faith in God.

God’s word has said that He will provide for you. When you hear that God will do this, you must trust His words. At those times when God says to wait, you must wait. Do not jump ahead of God and take things into your own hands. Leave the events in His hands.

God is faithful and will not break His word. He will do what He needs to do at the perfect time, not your time. Wait on Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will trust God’s timing; that you will trust God’s word in your life; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will leave things in God’s hands. 

1 Samuel 3:6 Hearing God’s Voice

Rabbit listening

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 1 Samuel 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes, he hears voices. People are always talking or they are playing some thing on a radio. There are voices everywhere, saying everything.

Recognizing one voice out of all the voices can be difficult, unless one really knows that voice very well. Moms are often able to pick out their child’s cry or call among a room full of children. Despite all the noise around them, they know their child’s voice.

Samuel had began to hear a voice in the night calling to him. He did not recognize the voice and ran to Eli thinking he called him. Yet, it was not Eli who had called him. The voice was that of God’s voice. God had began to call Samuel to begin working in and through him.

With all the talking going on in this world, people are quick to listen to many of the voices around them. There are times God will begin to call them, but they do not recognize His voice. They believe that other people are being the voice of God and follow that person, rather than God.

Believers have often fallen into the trap of this world, by listening to the voices of this world, rather than listening to God. Some churches are promoting sin and the people agree to it, because they do not recognize the voice of God.

The only way a believer can begin to recognize the voice of God is to listen to Him and pay attention. They need to learn to hear His voice and what He is saying. This begins with tuning out the noise around them and focusing on God.

As a believer, you need to know God’s voice in your life. God is speaking and wants to tell you things. He is a polite God and does not shout, but speaks with a still, calm and quiet voice.

Slow down your life and tune out the world, so you may hear and know His voice. Stay in His word so you may know how God speaks, then listen for Him. God wants to tell you what is on His mind for you. Be willing to hear what He has to say.

I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will listen for God to speak into your life; that you will not fear what God has to say; and that you will not be distracted from hearing God by the noise of this world. 

1 Samuel 1:27-28 Give The Children To God

Children in church

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshipped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28 

Every day thousands of children are born all around the world. While the majority of parent’s are pleased to have the child, there are also many who do not want the child. They see the child as an inconvenience and not a blessing from God.

As there are people who are having children, there are some that want a child and cannot have any. They cry out to God and doctors all the time to have a child without any success or favor.

Hannah was one of those women who wanted a child, but could not have any. After crying out to God and making a vow to Him, God gave her favor and gave her a child. Shortly after the child was born, Hannah fulfilled her vow to God and gave the boy, Samuel, over to God to serve Him his whole life.

Every child that is born is a blessing or a gift from God. Parents are given the child by God to raise to know God and serve Him.

However, many parents raise the child to serve themselves, rather than serve God. They hold on to the child and do not want them to do what God has for them to do. Parents often determine every step the child takes for his whole life–what college to go to, what career to do, where to live, and much more.

Today children are not given over to a temple or church, as Samuel was, but they can be given to God to use in the way He desires.

If you are a parent, you need to see your child as a gift from God to raise. The best way to raise your child is to give Him back to God to allow God to use the child in the best way possible. God has great works for your child to do. Do not hold your child back, by trying to raise the child your way.

Samuel became a mighty prophet known by the whole world, because Hannah gave him back to God. Give your child back to God and see what God can do through your child.

I pray today that you will trust God with your child; that you will allow God to guide your child; that you will allow God to use you and your child for His work in this world; and that God will change this world through you and your child. 

1 Samuel 16:7 Inside Vs Outside Appearances

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

After God had rejected Saul as king He sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to anoint who would become the new king. Jesse began to bring his sons before Samuel, starting with the oldest ones. When he brought Eliab before him, Samuel thought that he must be the new king because he was tall and looked great. God tells him that He does not look at the outward appearances, but at the heart.

It is very easy for a person to look at someone’s appearances and judge who they are. The outward appearances are all that a person has the ability to see. No one can really see into the heart of a person. Along with not seeing in, a person can put up a really false front, making himself look really good, when in reality be very horrible.

Samuel had said earlier that God would rather have obedience than to have a sacrifice. Obedience comes from the inside, from the heart. Outward appearances are a sacrifice. They take time to prepare and work to look just a certain way.

Your heart is what matters the most to God. It will determine what is most important in your life. What you focus your heart on is what you will follow the most. It will be what gives you the drive to go all the way through the tough times.

It is inside the heart that God needed in who would be the next king, not the outward appearance.

It is inside your heart that God needs today to get His work done correctly.

Do not look just at the outward appearance in your life or in the lives of others. Ask God to reveal your heart and the hearts of others to you, so that you can see yourself and others as God sees you and the others.

I pray today that you will have a heart to love and serve God; that you will focus your life on having a heart after God’s own heart; that you will not focus only on outward appearances but on the inside change of heart; and that God will be pleased with your heart.

1 Samuel 3:10 Are You Listening?

The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10

Samuel was a young boy living in the temple with the high priest Eli. One night as he was sleeping he heard a voice call his name. He immediately runs to Eli thinking it was him, but it was not. After the second time of this happening, Eli realizes that it was God who was calling Samuel. Eli tells Samuel to answer God and listen to what He has to say. God calls Samuel a third time and Samuel answers Him and listens to Him.

At the time God had called Samuel, He had been silent for some time. The Israelites had turned away from God. Even Eli was not hearing from God anymore. When God decided to speak, it took a while for those hearing to know what was happening and who was speaking.

Many people today feel that God does not speak like that anymore. It is common to hear believers say that they cannot seem to hear God speaking.

It is not so much that God is not talking,  but that people are not really listening to what God has to say. People are filling their lives with the things and cares of this world. They are so busy that they cannot hear God speak and when they do hear Him, they don’t know who it really is and question it.

You may be in that position right now, wondering where God is and why He is silent. God is still there and always will be. He is also ready to speak and guide you in your life. He has many things to tell you, but you must be willing to listen.

Listening involves two things: physically hearing and then doing what was said.

Do not allow the things of this world to get you so busy that you cannot hear God’s voice talking to you. Do not let the cares of this world stop you from acting upon what you hear God say.

Ask yourself today if you are really listening to God.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice clearly; that God will speak His truth into your life; that you will trust God’s Words and act upon them; and that you will not allow the noise of this world to drown out God’s talking to you.