Summary: God uses the prophet Samuel to minister to the future king David. God use Samuel after he thought he was washed up and un-useable. He can use us too!

God sees the heart

1 Samuel 16:1-7


Did you ever think about the way God see us. God sees the heart and knows what is in our hearts. We cannot fool God when it comes to the heart. The world may be fooled but not God. It will be a two part sermon- today looking at the prophet Samuel and next week looking at the sheep tender turned King David.

1 Samuel 16:1-7 if you want to work your way there.


Mr. and Mrs. Brown had two sons, one boy named “Mind your own business” and the second one named “trouble”. What could possible go wrong with that? One day the boys decide they are going to play hide and seek. Trouble hid while mind your business counted to 100. Mind your own business began looking for his brother behind garbage cans and behind trees. Then he started looking under cars until a policeman approached him and asked what he is doing? Playing a game, the boy replied. What is your name? “Mind your own business” Furious, the policeman asked are you looking for trouble? The boy said, why, yes I am.

Life can get complicated- Amen?

We have to deal with all we have been given- Some of us could relate to having the name trouble because trouble seems to follow us everywhere we go.

Some are waiting for their “big” break in life.

Some feel like they let life slip away and now it is gone to never return.

Which one are you? Are you still looking for the break?

Are you the one that thinks life has passed you by?

Do you think that you have made so many bad decisions that God won’t ever give you another chance?

In our text this morning, God is so big that God helped the one that thought he was washed up and depressed and next week will see God helped a young boy find his place in the kingdom of God.

How big is your God?

How big is your expectation that God wants to work in your life?

Really if we had the time I would have had you read 1 Samuel chapters 16 through18. Because they all work together to show us how big God is and how much God will accomplish in us if we will let him and we not give up on him or ourselves.


Text- 1 Samuel 16:1-7 Read from bible

The prophet Samuel is not morning King Saul death but is morning his disobedience to God and Samuel the prophet having to go to Saul and tell him that God is removing him as king. 1 Samuel Chapter 15- “Then Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them. Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me so I may worship the Lord. But Samuel said to him, I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel.”

Samuel goes back to his home town (Ramah) and gives up the idea of being a prophet and is content that his work for the Lord is finished because he was given a hard assignment.

Anyone still morning a hard thing the Lord has brought you through and think He is finished using you?

That what is in the past will keep you from having a future?

The Lord speaks to Samuel, in his state of depression, and says how long are you going to stay in this state of mind?

He doesn’t blame him for morning, morning is normal.

He just said how long you going to do this because this is starting to drag out and I am ready to use you again and get you back in the game.

“Fill your horn with oil and be on your way.”

I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.

With hesitation- Samuel said- “How can I go? Saul will kill me.”

Just in case you don’t know this Lord- I told Saul that you rejected him as king because of the sin and disobedience in his life.

Just in case you forgot- Saul tore my robe off of me when I told him that you will be replacing him as king.

First of all if the Lord calls you to be a prophet or spokesman for Him, he will give you what you need to accomplish the task- let that sink in!

You have to move in the right direction and do what the Lord tells you.

Samuel hears a word from the Lord - take a heifer and sacrifice it to the Lord.

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