1 Samuel 9:6
“Look, in this town there is a man of God.”
In London, there is a street called Godliman Street. The story is that on that street lived a man whose life was so saintly that they often referred to it as “that street where the godly man lives.” This brings to mind a story from the Old Testament.
Saul’s father sent his son and a servant to look for some donkeys that had wandered away. Man, the bible loves to talk about donkeys. I may have to do a study as to how often donkeys are referred to…thats for another time. The young men searched for many days but couldn’t find the animals. Saul was ready to give up and go home, but his servant pointed toward Ramah, the prophet Samuel’s village, and replied, “Look, in this
The young men searched for many days but couldn’t find the animals. This shows two things, the importance of what was being searched and also how to search for something porecious. Saul was ready to give up and go home, but his servant pointed toward Ramah, the prophet Samuel’s village, and replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take” (1 Sam. 9:6).
WHOA, pause for the cause here, please. Let’s go further up and further in. Here these two young men have been searching on their own for something that they saw as precious and worth searching out. When they couldn’t find it, when they had exhausted every ounce of what they could do, they turned to a man’s integrity of being a man of God. They went there to search for the way to take. How many of our churches are seen as such lighthouses? How many of us are seen as such beacons of truth and light?
Throughout his years and into old age, Samuel had sought friendship and fellowship with God, and his words were weighty with truth. People knew him to be a prophet of the Lord. Samuel had nurtured and sought after this relationship. Not to further himself but to get closer to God and to have a friendship with Him. How great is that by the way? To know that we can have a friendship with God?
So Saul and his servant “set out for the town where the man of God was” (v. 10).
Oh, that our lives would so reflect Jesus that we would leave a mark on our neighborhoods, and that the memory of our godliness would linger on!
The most powerful testimony is a godly life.
Here is a quick video for you to watch and listen to that I hope will encourage you.