Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Samuel privately anointed Saul as King. Then, he held a meeting with all the Israelites to make the announcement. When the Israelites were gathered, he called them tribe by tribe, and clan by clan, until Saul, son of Kish was named. But when they searched for him, he was nowhere to be found. And so, they asked the Lord for him. He told them that he was hiding among the supplies. They looked in that area and found him (1 Samuel 10: 17-23).
Our assignments are completed in collaboration with God. We have specific tasks and he has his role to play. Samuel completed his activities by anointing Saul and convening a meeting with the Israelites. One of God’s responsibilities was to ensure that Saul was present at the meeting. Consequently, when he was not seen, Samuel did not panic or blame himself, he simply asked God for him. As expected, God revealed his whereabouts.
How often have we blamed ourselves or others when our plans go awry? How many times have we tried to do God’s tasks? God does not want us to practice these actions. Instead, he is pleased when we do two things; (1) Complete the activities that he has empowered us to do. (2) Recognize his role in the completion of our tasks and trust him to do it. Scripture says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
We will encounter obstacles while we carry out our assignments, even if we are the best planners in the world. Sometimes natural disasters interrupt our plans while other times family issues may cause delay or cancellation. Nonetheless, the challenges indicate tasks to be completed by God. These are moments when he wants us to seek his face and wait for a response. He is the only one who knows the solution (Luke 1:37), hence speaking with him is paramount.
God desires that we accomplish our purpose (2 Timothy 4:7). To achieve this goal, it is recommended that we do our tasks to the best of our ability and allow God to do his. This method will reduce frustration, save time and energy, improve interpersonal relationships, and enhance our relationship with him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your love. Help us to confidently do our tasks and consult with you when necessary. In Jesus’ name, amen.