He was an old man with a lot of years of hearing and obeying God under his belt, yet now he finds himself in one of the most difficult assignments of his life, one that would require all of the spiritual training and fortitude that he had. As he gazed intently into the face of a guilty King and smelled the remnant of an unauthorized burnt sacrifice, Samuel quickly thought back to his childhood in the Temple. With vivid clarity he remembers hearing the voice of God calling him, entrusting him to speak for Him. It was such a hard word for a young boy to deliver, yet somehow he knew that he had to be obedient and say “Only what he heard The Lord God tell him to say.” Ref. 1st Samuel 3:10-21 and John 12:49-50 (AMP). Though Eli the Priest, was his mentor and caregiver, Samuel knew and understood that his love and allegiance to God was greater and he chose to be obedient. To obey or not to obey? That was Samuel’s test, he chose well, he chose obedience to God, thus was Samuel’s “Kingdom Heart” established. He would eventually be promoted to the office of Chief Priest and Prophet over Israel. An honor of no lightweight or distinction.
Now here he is staring into King Saul’s, guilt-stricken fearful face as a Holy Righteous anger burns within him and with the Authority of Heaven backing him up, he delivers a message from God that would forever terminate Saul’s rule over Israel as King and prepare the way for his successor to take his place…..one that God describes in 1st Samuel 13:14 (AMP) as, “A man after His own Heart.”
“But now your Kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince and ruler over His people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Interestingly enough Samuel’s own rise to Faithful Priest and Prophet of The Most High God was foretold many years earlier by another man of God. This un-named Prophet spoke a word of judgment to Eli the Priest on account of the sins of his two sons Hophni and Phinehas. We read that prophecy in 1st Samuel 2:34-35 (AMP),
“And what befalls your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, shall be a sign to you—-in one day they both shall die.”
“And I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest (Priest), who shall do according to what is in My heart and mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed (Anointed) forever.”
God is telling us through these scriptures that a “Kingdom Heart” is established through obedience to do all that is, “In His heart and mind” for us to do. Obedience knows no time, age, class or distinction, obedience only hears the Heart of The Father and says “YES” no matter the difficulty of situation or guarantee of personal favor or gain. True obedience is an act of the heart. A heart full of genuine love for God, His people and His Kingdom. It is not an excuse filled answer, nor a shallow, insincere action meant to please for a returned favor or a perceived promotion. As we read and study the life and ministry of Samuel, it is easy to see that his zeal for The Lord was birthed out of his love and obedience to The Lord. Samuel proved to God through his obedience to Him that he could be trusted to carry out the plans and purposes of, “His heart and mind”. Therefore Samuel was granted Kingdom Favor and Promotion and given access to the very counsels, plans and purposes of God Himself!
To obey or not to obey? That is still a question that you and I have to answer on an ongoing basis in our everyday walk with The Lord. Will we answer like Saul or Samuel? The choice is ours! Let us choose “True Obedience” as Samuel did and live close to God, my Kingdom Friend!
2nd Chronicles 16:9 (a) (AMP), “For the Eyes of The Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him”.
Key Questions For Developing a Kingdom Heart:
- Have I done the last thing that The Lord has asked me to do? If the answer is (no), why not?
- What is the fruit of my obedience to The Lord?
- Am I willing to obey God no matter the consequences?
- Do I fear men more than I love God?
- What adjustments do I need to make in order to be fully obedient to The Lord?
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