We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Looks can be deceiving”. Things are not always as they appear to be, and this can be good news in times of hopelessness and loss. The book of Samuel tells a story of the faithfulness of God, not just in noisy and dramatic ways but also in quiet and ordinary fashion. But even more, it’s a story of His enduring faithfulness to an all-too-often faithless people – a people who have “fakes” as religious leaders, a people who treat God like a lucky rabbits-foot, a people enamored with “how things look”, a people with hard heads and hard hearts. God remains true to His promises despite all appearances, and His faithfulness brings hope to all who are tempted to despair.