1 Samuel 15:10-12 10 Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: 11 “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night. 12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
Have you ever wondered out why God leaves out some of the details? We may spend hours with Him as He speaks to us, affirms us, and unfolds His promises for us. We leave our time together feeling refreshed and even on a bit of a spiritual high. “I can’t believe God just charted the waters for me!” I hope you know what I am talking about, that mountaintop experience. It is unparalleled with anything else I have ever experienced. It is time with my Savior.
Then it happens – the mundane. My next step doesn’t seem to line up with what He just told me. But I am certain I heard Him right. What’s going on? Apparently it happened to Samuel, too. Yes, Samuel. He was one of the most anointed, greatest prophets ever and he had to stop and ask for directions immediately after a mountaintop experience. Does this seem strange to anyone else besides me? Samuel had just spent all night with the Lord crying out to Him. God spoke directly to him; I bet it was even an audible voice. God tells Samuel to give a message to Saul. So he gets up the next morning and goes to see Saul, but Saul isn’t there. Now for many of us, we would probably start to question if we heard God right. “Oh, good. I’m off the hook. Saul isn’t here so I don’t have to deliver the message now. I must have heard God wrong.” No, no, no, no, no. That isn’t the case at all. You just have to find Saul.
I don’t really get why God didn’t just tell Samuel that Saul had gone to Carmel. But I also don’t think it unspiritual that Samuel asked for directions. Some might say, “why didn’t he just ask God where Saul was?” Well, I don’t know. All I know is that he didn’t. He asked some people. Through those people, he found Saul and delivered the message from the Lord. It was just a speed bump and it didn’t stop him; it just slowed him down.
Speed bumps seem to stop us, though. We treat them more like stop signs than detours. Friends, we need to face the fact that God isn’t always going to tell us everything. In fact, He rarely tells us everything. But when we show up to a place of obedience and the situation doesn’t look right, that doesn’t mean we should shrug off what He told us to do. We might just need to ask for directions. Samuel didn’t seem to get hung up on having to be practical and I don’t think we should either.