Samuel was a great prophet who served God for many years.
He served as a judge during pivotal moments, and he also happened to be God’s representative when the people made known their desire for a worldly-structured government in the form of a king.
I don’t believe Samuel enjoyed “politics” but nonetheless he found himself in the midst of overseeing the anointing of two different kings of Israel: Saul and David (1 Samuel 9:27, 10:1, 16:12-13).
In each anointing it was God who did the choosing, but do you remember who Samuel would have chosen had the responsibility belonged to him?
Samuel’s choice would have been Eliab, the brother of the future king, David.
“So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”” (1 Samuel 16:6-7 NKJV)
Samuel was a good man but he learned that the most difficult thing to judge was not guilt or innocence after something was done, when or when not to attack an external enemy, or even when it was time to encourage or rebuke the most powerful political leader in the land! Samuel learned that the most difficult thing to judge is another person’s heart – which has nothing to do with someone’s outward appearance.
Have we learned the lesson that God personally taught Samuel?
“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” (John 2:23-25 NKJV)