A pleasant good morning to all my readers and to my brothers and sisters of The Mystical Order greetings. It is indeed a wonderful time to be on the land of the living and to offer up our praise and supplication.
David had escaped from Saul, who was trying to murder him. Clearly, it would be unsafe for David to return home to Bethlehem; Saul could easily find him there. David would not want to go abroad; all the nations round Israel were enemies at that time 1 Samuel 14:47. David decided that he would go to visit Samuel. Samuel was now a very old man. He retired long ago from his work as Israel’s judge (leader). In ministry when one retires or is no longer in active duty they take the title “Emeritus”. However, he promised that he would always continue to pray for Israel’s people and to teach them about God 1 Samuel 12:23. So even in retirement we are obligated to pray for our State, Country and our people. You can never give up serving God. The very least that we do is still precious in His sight.
Several years had passed since Samuel had appointed David to be Israel’s future king 1 Samuel 16:1-13. During those years, Samuel would have heard frequent reports about David’s progress. David had defeated Goliath; he had become a commander in the army and he had married the king’s daughter. It would have pleased Samuel greatly to hear that David had remained loyal to God. My brothers and sisters we are to stay in constant touch with each other. There are times your leader will hear reports of your progress and thank God for the decision made to place you in position. How long can you run without a report? You may not know, but everyone in today’s ministry has a report on file and continuing.
Now, at last, David had come to visit Samuel. Samuel would feel great pleasure to see this young man’s sincere attitudes and his love for God. I have met a few “Davids” and the reports make me feel good to know that they are continuing in the great service of God. Now Samuel would begin to understand why God had chosen David to rule Israel. I would often repeat the words of our Eminence Sir Roberts “God is too wise to make a mistake”. At the time of choosing we may not know the full potential of the individual. We are not infallible like Jesus. You will recall that Jesus choose twelve and one was to betray Him to His death. Another was to deny Him and one was even doubting Jesus’ resurrection. Aren’t those characters among us today?
For David however, his visit to Samuel happened at one of the most terrible times during his life. David had served King Saul loyally, but now Saul was trying to kill him.David was probably very worried. My brothers and sisters take a note of David’s life and faithfulness. David was worried and may have cried when the dark cloud hang over his life. Haven’t we been in such a situation? How many of you cried when the enemy lied and make scandals to destroy your integrity, character and respectability in the community? It is time for us to go to the leader for consultation. You need to hear from someone in spiritual authority.
Samuel could see that David needed to rest and to pray. So, Samuel took David to a place near Ramah called Naioth. The name Naioth seems to mean a beautiful place where one can rest, as at home. There Samuel and David stayed while they prayed together. Maybe our leaders need to take a rest and a closer walk with their leaders. Where is your Samuel? Where is your place of rest (Naioth)? Where is your secret place of prayer and mourning? Where is your Mother or Father standing in the place of Evangelist the Pointer? Our Leaders need to take a bread and rest.
1 O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!
2 Where is the blessedness I knew
when first I sought the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
of Jesus and his Word?
3 What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
the world can never fill.
4 The dearest idol I have known,
whate’er that idol be,
help me to tear it from thy throne
and worship only thee.
5 So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road
that leads me to the Lamb.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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