Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace? ” Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord .” 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 16:4-7
Dear God, it feels like my prayer times with you over the last year have had the same theme: I simply have no clue what I’m observing or how to interpret what’s going on around me. When things look the most confusing or lost is when you seem to be doing something I cannot see. On the other hand, the smoothest path is often the wrong one.
So how do I discern the correct path forward at any given time? This morning, I woke up thinking about a challenge at work. It’s actually a pretty great risk to our clients. I’m not sure what the path forward is and it’s very discouraging. Then a thought occurred to me. I haven’t prayed about this. I haven’t asked your guidance or provision. Even now as I pray I find myself wondering if my struggle with this issue might not ultimately lead to great change for the other organization and help even more clients than just the ones we help.
Father, show me the pathway forward and give us favor with the leadership of the other organization. Please raise up advocates who will have influence over the decision makers and influencers. Give me wisdom and courage. Give them compassion as well as a pragmatic view of the situation. Do this so people can be helped. Do this for your glory. Help me to know how to do what you need t me to do so that others might be helped.
In Jesus’s name I pray,