And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? -I Samuel 16:4 (KJV)
What was it about Samuel that made the elders of the town of Bethlehem tremble? This intrigues me because there is nothing about me that ever made anyone tremble. Was it Samuel's physical size or imposing demeanor? The answer is no. Even if we had a physical description of him, we know this would not have been it. He was a known prophet of God, a man who prayed and the power of God was evident. Remember, he was also a man who anointed kings and confronted them when they got out of God’s will.
The reason the elders pf Bethlehem trembled at Samuel's presence was that he had the power of God in his life. I am not Samuel and neither are you, but we can possess Holy Spirit power in our lives, which makes a profound difference in our outlook and attitude. Samuel was a man of prayer and communion with God. We also have this divine resource.
This leads us to considerations regarding the power of God in our lives. How does the power of God affect us? The power of God affects our:
Attitude: this is how we deal with life and those around us.
Aptitude: this refers to the abilities God gives us.
Latitude: what will we allow into our lives?
Altitude: will we grovel in fear or sore on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31)?
Walk in faith, walk in the power of Christ, and remember, it is not about us, but it is about Christ in us. This makes all the difference.
God bless you today.