Have you ever been thrust into a position of leadership and wondered how on earth you were going to accomplish the task in front of you? I know I have. I bet that most people have in one form or another. Remember that we all lead someone - whether it be in our homes, our jobs, our schools or our churches. In 1 Samuel 10, Saul found himself in a position of leadership that he did not ask for. As I mentioned yesterday, Saul had just been walking along minding his own business when he got approached by Samuel who told him the news that he would soon become king.
I wonder what I would do if I was told one day out of the blue that I was "chosen" to be in charge of the metropolitan area in which I live? That would be a wee bit scary! I would hope there would be some kind of training to guide me on my way. With respect to Saul, God provided everything necessary for him to succeed. Other than being tall and good looking, I'm not sure what other leadership skills that Saul possessed, but I do know that God took care of the rest, as He will also do for us. Let's take a look at what God gave Saul.
1) A Foundation in God's Word. - Before Samuel anointed Saul, he told Saul that he wanted to show Him the word of God.
And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, ( and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. (1 Samuel 9:27)
I wonder how long Samuel and Saul talked about the word of God. The principles in God's word are essential to effective leadership and productive lives. (2 Tim 3:16)
2) A Change of Heart. - Samuel told Saul that he would be turned into another man by the Spirit of the Lord. I wonder what exactly that meant in Saul's case. Perhaps God gave him courage and compassion along with the wisdom and wherewithal to get the "job" done. Remember, we are all turned into "another man" when we become Christians! (2 Cor 5:17).
And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. (1 Samuel 10:6- Samuel's words to Saul)
And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. (1 Samuel 10:9)
(NOTE: This also reminds me of the New Testament Saul (aka Paul, as the "new man") in Acts 9:17)
3) A Leadership "Team" - It is definitely more fun and more productive to be in leadership if you have a good team of people around you. We can get more done if we have the support structure of a team. God provided the same for Saul. What a great God we serve, huh? God thinks of everything. He touched the hearts of some local men to help Saul in his new "job".
And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. (1 Samuel 10:26)
Can you see how much God provides for us when we accept His plans for us? I don't know who said this, but a quote I've heard before always sticks in my mind about these principles:
God doesn't always call the equipped but He always equips the called.
Is God calling you to service in a way that you feel unequipped? God can equip you. Are you afraid that you will be "going it alone"? God will provide you with helpers too. Most importantly, we need to keep praying and waiting on God's timing before we set out on our own. When God is ready for us, He will make us ready for Him.
(NOTE: This is a republished post of my October 19, 2006 entry entitled "Equipped by God". Due to the fact that this time of year many people are starting up new ministries or revamping old ones with new faces of leadership, I thought it would be beneficial for some of my newer readers.)