Samuel, the Judge and Prophet of Israel has just been told by God to go anoint a new king (1 Samuel 16). Father God told him who to go to – Jesse of Bethlehem. He told him how to maneuver around King Saul, and which son was NOT to be anointed.
Why not just tell Samuel the name “David.” This is the second king Samuel has anointed in just a few years why add the drama to something that Samuel was nervous about. Can you imagine how Samuel felt after going through seven sons and having to wait for the eighth one to come in from the fields? Was God testing Samuel?
In Hebrews 11 Samuel is noted as one who had faith and did great things. He was an important person, having led Israel since he was a youth, and is mention in several other books for notable things he did. He heard God’s voice and actually talked with Him.
Test or act of faith; that is really hard for me to say but it seems that is how God worked with him. Samuel did not falter in caring out his mission of anointing one of Jesse’s sons. When Samuel anointed Saul there was not a lot of “complete sentences” then either. In my limited view of these things I often think that Samuel was being tested so he had to move and do these things by faith. But this needs to be tempered because he was following God’s directive and their long history has grounded him in God and His ways. The example/lesson for us is that even veteran “generals” still have to hear and be sensitive to God’s leading.