Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 1 Samuel 16:4 ESV
So, we talked about Samuel’s journey from his hometown to Bethlehem, and that Samuel had to go through Saul’s territory. Now, he arrives in Bethlehem and the elders come and greet him and they are visibly shaking and the first question out of their mouth is “Do you come in peace?”
So, what was it that made them nervous enough to tremble at Samuel’s presence?
I’m thinking, at this point, it is probably not a secret that Samuel and Saul have had a fallout. I am guessing the news had made it to the elders. Maybe Saul even sent word to the elders to have no communication with Samuel or else.
Honestly, I really don’t know. But I do know, at that moment, Samuel had a decision to make. Would he allow their anxiety to take over or would he remain focused on the task at hand?
Now, Samuel, he stayed on course. He didn’t let the elders get under his skin and unnerve him. He ignored the distractions.
If Samuel could’ve tweeted a word of wisdom back then it just might be, “Don’t let anyone become a distractor to accomplishing your purpose.” 😉
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,
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