Prayer: Dear God, you are wise and see what is best. Guide us in the choices we make each day. Amen
Reading: I Samuel 16: 1-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Samuel had a very important "choice" to make: who would be king. Actually, Samuel wasn't doing the choosing. The Lord had already done that. He had chosen one of Jesse's sons to be king. Samuel just had to listen and, out of all the brothers, pick out the one the Lord was telling him was right. It was a tough call to make as all the other brothers were brought to him first. All seven other brothers, in fact. Still the Lord did not say, "This one!". Instead, Samuel had to ask, "Are these all the sons you have?" Finally, the least likely candidate in eyes of man was brought before Samuel and, in the Lord's eyes, David was the chosen one. Another thing to note, all through this time Samuel was standing. Even while waiting for David to be brought in the fields, Samuel said, "We will not sit down until he arrives."
Sometimes choices are hard to make. Sometimes decisions take time. No matter how many options are out there and no matter how long it takes, listen to the Lord and do not sit down until his choice is your choice. --Ruth Gates
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