Most people like to believe they are a good judge of character but often choose poorly when it comes to choosing partners and friends. Given the opportunity to section a leader, especially one to represent God, our track record isn’t very good. In this passage God’s choice of David, as Israel’s second King, was the least likely candidate according to human standards. God’s choice differed even from Samuel, His prophet. Why? The answer is simple: “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7).
How then are we to choose wisely when faced with such grave decisions? We cannot see the heart, as God sees. While the answer is simple, there are two important steps: (1) Pray! “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5); and (2) Wait! “Then Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.’” (1 Samuel 16:11).”
Perhaps the hardest thing to do is wait for God. But remember, it’s far worse to move ahead of or without God only to wish you had waited. God knows what is best for you, and is willing to give you His very best if you are willing to wait.
Noah waited 120 years for rain; Abraham waited 25 years for a Son; Moses waited 40 years for deliverance; Jacob waited 14 years for Rachel; Joseph waited 14 years in prison; Job waited a lifetime for justice. Are you willing to wait?