Trekking along through the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, we come to the story of Saul and how he became God's chosen King over the people of Israel who wanted to be like all of the surrounding countries. They had tired of living under the judges rule and God's "Kingship" but they didn't realize that they already had the best "King"of all time. As I write this, I wonder what things I'm taking for granted, wishing I had something different, where I already have something good. What about you?
But I'm not going to write a post about why we thing the grass is always greener in someone else's pasture. The dye has already been cast in our story in 1 Samuel 10, as Saul, the man head and shoulders above the rest (1 Samuel 9:22, 10:23) had been chosen by God to be the first king of Israel. God did it up right and gave the people exactly what they wanted - a good looking king. I wonder if the people even cared about character? That is a study for another day.
Do you wonder what Saul thought as he was being asked by Samuel to be king? Saul didn't think he was anything special. Remember that Saul was just walking along one day looking for his lost donkeys when he crossed paths with the prophet Samuel. (1 Sam 9:16) He wasn't looking for more responsibility. Look at Saul's first response to Samuel:
1 Samuel 9:21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
Remember, Saul was just looking for his donkeys, not an inheritance of a country. However, God had other plans for his life and had already told Samuel all about it. Isn't it funny how God works in the people and circumstances around us while we are not even aware of what is going on? God's sovereignty, his control over every detail in the world, never ceases to amaze me.
Life took Saul by surprise. Tomorrow I'll post about how God equipped Saul to serve him. But for today, I'd like you to ponder the following questions:
1) Am I paying attention to God's work in my life and the world around me?
2) Am I like Samuel, trusting in God's word to me to do something more for His Kingdom? (Samuel trusted the prophecy of God to bring Saul to him)
3) Am I like Saul, willing to take a big leap of faith for God and attempt something for Him that I don't think I'm capable of?