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Humble Obedience

1 Samuel 16:1 (NIV®)
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.”

I often marvel at the humility of Samuel. His mother had dedicated him to the service of the Lord from his early childhood, and he served God faithfully all of his days. Samuel was the man God chose to lead Israel until they said to God, “We don’t like your system anymore.” God told Samuel, “I want you to go and anoint the new king.” Samuel anointed Saul, but eventually, Saul turned away from the Lord. Then God said to Samuel, “I want you to anoint one of Jesse’s sons.” When Samuel found David, he was a teenager tending sheep. Samuel was a mature man of God, a proven leader. Yet he obeyed God and anointed a shepherd kid. When Samuel died, “all Israel assembled and mourned for him ...” (1 Samuel 25:1) Samuel served his God faithfully until the day he died. Don’t you want that to be said of you?

Strive to live life faithfully serving God in true humility and obeying Him without reservation. The rewards for that kind of life are immeasurable.

Heavenly Father, help me continually grow in humility, faithfulness to You, trust, and obedience. Let me be one in whom You can place much trust so I might increasingly honor You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Pastor Allen Jackson
World Outreach Church
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