Years after hearing God’s call as a boy, Samuel became a prophet and a
judge, and the one God appointed to anoint Israel’s first king—Saul. Even
though the writers of this part of Israel’s history described Israel’s desire for
a king as a rejection of God (1 Samuel 8:7), God still worked with the
people to appoint and call their leader. This was a time of change for the
nation of Israel, and God left nothing to chance. In order to reassure Saul
that he was indeed chosen by God, Samuel described in great detail the
events that would happen in the next few days, and that would reveal
God’s activity and call in the life of Saul. This was a gracious gift of faith
that God gave to God’s chosen servant for the work that he would have to
face as king of God’s people.
Think about how God has called you—like Samuel and Nathaniel—to
participate in God’s saving work. If you have any doubts about your
‘calledness’ or your ability to contribute to God’s mission, think about the
times and places in your own life when you have been aware of God’s
activity, and when you have been able to make a difference—however
small—in someone else’s life. Allow this reflection to strengthen your faith
and inspire your gratitude and commitment to God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the
Creator for all I have not seen.” Remembering and giving thanks builds our
faith because it keeps us mindful of what we have seen of God’s work.
Today, give thanks and affirm your faith in God whenever you remember
or become aware of God’s activity and presence in your life.
Thank you, Gracious God, for your presence and activity in my life and for
the gift of faith it brings.