1 Samuel 16:6
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed
is now before the Lord.”
When we first begin developing a relationship with Jesus, attempting to line our will up with His can be difficult at times. We weigh the pros and cons of a decision or circumstance we are facing. Time is spent determining how the outcome of a decision will affect others who’re a part of our lives. We even spend time in prayer regarding the matter. All of this, and there will still be times when the decisions we make should have been different.
This doesn’t mean we have failed God or we are doing something wrong. In this passage, even Samuel makes a guess at what he believes God would want and is wrong. This has happened more times than I can count throughout the past five years of my life. At first, this would cause me to distance myself from God. I would have what I considered the best interests in mind and still make a decision I ended up regretting. It’s almost like I was too embarrassed to come to God after these choices had been made.
I have learned the hard way that it’s during these times when I need Him the most. A bad decision always has the ability to end up ten times worse if we don’t do something about the situation right away. Trying to fix things on our own normally has disaster written all over it.
It’s during these times we need to humbly turn to Jesus and say, “I messed up and I’m afraid this is going to get even worse if you don’t help me.” Over the years, the seasons of what seems like failure at the time are when I have grown the closest to God, once I am finally willing to allow Him to reveal His will to me. Not that He needs my permission to do anything, simply when I am open to the fact He always knows what is best for my future.