November 10, 2021
Scripture: And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 13b ESV
Observation: Concluding our four-part series that examines Samuel’s anointing of David (1 Samuel 16:1-13), today, we are looking at the final step to anointing the next generation: rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. The author tells us that the Spirit of the Lord indwelled David and that Samuel’s work was completed (above verse).
Takeaway: In our Western Christian culture, we often hear the message of “try harder,” which leads to striving for success on our strength rather than that of the Lord. But if we keep a proper perspective that we can do nothing apart from Christ (John 15:5), then the burden is lifted from our shoulders. In other words, if the Holy Spirit is not “rushing” on the person to whom we witness, then they are like the “seed that fell on the hard path” (Mark 4:4 and 15). Our job is to be faithful, not to measure success. In God’s economy, what may appear to be a failure in the world’s eyes may be right on target with His unfolding plan.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Would you please help us follow his lead and rely on his power to discern, equip, and support the next generation of leaders to go and make disciples of all nations? Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling