Do Not Worry

1 Samuel 9:18-22

18Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?” 19“I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”

21Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?” 22Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited—about thirty in number.

Introduction

Why do we worry? It shows our concerns. Students are concerned about grades. Does God care about grades? Young adults are concerned about future partners. Does God care if you marry or not? Parents worry about the children. Can parents be more concerned of their children than God? We all have various concerns that may cause us to worry. Worry torments and disturbs our mind.

Christ says in Matthew 6:25-27, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

At that time when the Lord was preaching, employment, food and clothes were the immediate concerns of His listeners. In our context in Canada, do you worry about basic necessities: food, clothing and shelter? If priority is to testify of the transformational work of Christ in our life, everything that we need for godly living has already been provided for. It says in 2 Peter 1:2-4, Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Other things we assume as significant or essential, God may give them in abundance or just enough, if He deems necessary to accomplish His purposes through us. But first and foremost, it’s very vital to heed His instruction.

1.Instruction

18Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?” 19“I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”

Saul was surprised when Samuel told him what to do. He went to the town just inquire about their missing donkeys, that’s all. They asked where the seer lived from the seer they were looking for. That’s not coincidental. The Lord has already informed Samuel that He will send a man from Benjamin at that time of the day. Exactly as the Lord said, it happened. A Benjaminte came!

Saul was from Benjamin. When Samuel saw him from a distance, the Lord told him that Saul was the man he would anoint as king of Israel.

When Samuel told Saul not to worry, did he perceive that he was worried? Saul is indecisive. His servant had to tell him what to do. It is appropriate to say that the Lord has arranged series of events for Saul to meet Samuel at that time.

When the Lord calls anyone, it could be ordinary or unconventional event. 

Calling of Elisha

When the Lord called Elisha to serve Him as prophet, Elisha was busy with his ordinary plowing activities. The Lord told Elijah that Elisha will succeed him as prophet. It says in 1 Kings 19:19-21, So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.  Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

When Elisha slaughtered his oxen and used his plowing equipment as firewood to cook the meat, it signaled that he had no more intention to go back to his occupation as farmer. He had fully decided to follow Elijah without hesitation. He assisted Elijah and learned the ways and lifestyle of a prophet from him.

Elisha had exemplified an ideal response of willingness to follow the Lord. Elijah quit farming (his old lifestyle) to serve the Lord as full-time prophet and he never worried what he would eat, what he would wear or where he would live.

In comparison, Saul displayed hesitancy. He had no initiative at all. When their donkeys went missing, his father had to tell him to bring with him a servant and search for the missing donkeys. When they cannot find the missing donkeys, he wanted to go home. He worried that his father worried about him. The servant told him to seek help. Anyway, the Lord arranged events to bring Saul to Samuel.

When they met, Samuel instructed and invited him to a sacrifice.

2. Invitation

21Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?” 22Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited—about thirty in number.

When Samuel rhetorically asked, “And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?” Israel desired to have a king. Saul cannot believe it! Why not?! He’s a Benjamite. Benjamin was the least populated tribe in Israel, and his clan was not the largest among the clans of Benjamin.

Can you identify with Saul? Most often, we evaluate ourselves and ability, and the responsibility that God invited us to get involved with, overwhelms us. We quietly conclude, “I am not the strongest, the smartest and the most popular!”

We ask, “Why would God choose me?” Like Saul, we are hesitant, why?

Our tendency is to resist the Lord whenever we can. We have noble reasons to avoid the Lord.  We assume that we are not qualified for a gargantuan task, but don’t ask the Lord for help. We need someone to push us to seek His help. It’s very similar when Saul’s servant had to tell him to seek help from the seer.

But at the Lord’s right time, we cannot resist but to willingly obey the Lord when the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit prevails in us. God’s grace is irresistible.

Jesus said in John 14:23, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Why did Jesus say that evidence of love for Him is obedience to His teaching? Listen: We may love to sing “I love you, Lord!” but we hesitate to obey, why?

When the Lord mentioned about love, it’s not a kind of love that originated from our human sinful nature. It’s the fruit of His Spirit in us. So, when Christ’s Spirit bears fruit of love in us, we love to obey the Lord, we have joy and peace obeying the Lord, we have faithfulness in obeying the Lord. So, it is very vital that we seek the Spirit of Christ in us to transform us into obedient children of God.

But one may still insist and ask, “How about my weaknesses?

When we doubt our ability, physical, social and spiritual status, experience or qualification to perform the task that the Lord has assigned us to do, it should signal us to take necessary preparation, training or education.

Do you believe that the Lord knows it when the person He called for a mission is qualified? Does God know the right person for a particular ministry? If so then, it’s not human ability but lack of faith that causes doubt or disobedience.

David

When David volunteered to fight Goliath, his brothers and King Saul had doubted his ability. He said in 1 Samuel 17:37, The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Goliath was war veteran, a warrior from his youth. In contrast, David was youth, no battle experience but he defeated a bear and a lion. With the Lord, it was enough exposure to defeat Goliath. David was victorious in all his battles because he just trusted in God, not in his experience or familiarity of problems.

David confessed in Psalm 144:1, Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.

All of us will face problems of various degrees or severities. The Lord calls us to witness. He reminds us not to worry. Everything we need for godly lifestyle has been provided even before we were yet to be born. We need to ask the Lord to increase our faith to trust that He takes care of our worries in life.

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