First Samuel is a book of great beginnings and tragic endings. There was a big difference between young Samuel and Eli’s sons. Eli’s sons were selfish, but Samuel was helpful. Eli’s sons defrauded people, Samuel grew in wisdom and gave the people messages from God. As an adult, Samuel became a prophet, priest and judge over Israel. A persons actions reflect his character. This was true of Samuel and of Eli’s sons. It is also true of us. Strive, like Samuel, to keep your heart pure before God.
Saul showed great promise. He was strong, tall, and modest. God’s spirit came upon him, and Samuel was his counselor . but Saul deliberately disobeyed God and became an evil King. We must not base our hopes or future on our potential. Instead we must obey God in all areas of life. God promotes character not talent.
David quickly killed Goliath but waited patiently for God to deal with Saul. Although David was anointed to be Israel’s next king, he had to wait years to realize this promise. The difficult circumstances in life and the times of waiting often refine, teach, and prepare us for the future responsibilities God has for us.