God’s Sovereign Turnaround

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Israel was adrift. For a time under Saul’s leadership, the nation had seemed strong and stable. But Saul gradually became obsessed with his own reputation and power. And he became jealous of the praise given to David.

As a result, the nation was divided, and Saul seemed to drift further away from God. Seeing this downward spiral, the prophet Samuel found himself grieving over Saul’s sins and the impact this was having on the nation.

Yet God revealed that He would intervene. He would act sovereignly to change the course of history.

The Lord told Samuel that He had chosen a new leader for Israel. But His plan was so unexpected that no one ever would have considered it.

God directed Samuel to the family of Jesse in Bethlehem. But to Samuel’s surprise, God said He had not chosen any of the sons who seemed the logical choices. Instead, He picked the least likely son, David, when even his father had never considered him a real candidate.

The Bible explains why God picked David. This decision was made because David had the right heart: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (v. 7).

The impact of God’s choice was felt almost immediately. This young boy became the mighty warrior who defeated the giant Goliath in battle and led Israel to victory.

God still can change any situation, in your personal life, your family, or your nation. But we must remember to trust in Him to direct our path, not leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Ask God to help you trust Him in the situations you face. Don’t take Him for granted. Be a good steward, always seeking Him and obeying His Word.