Scripture: 1 Samuel: 9-12. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Saul and a servant were sent out by Saul’s father to find their lost donkeys in the hill country of Ephraim. While Saul was there, he was unexpectedly anointed by Samuel to be Israel’s first king. When the Israelites had gathered to choose their king, Saul already knew that he would be the king, because he had talked to Samuel. Instead of coming forward, Saul hid amongst the baggage. Saul rescued the city of Jabesh. In Samuel’s farewell speech, he reminded the Israelites to take the time to consider all of the good things God had already done for them.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God sometimes may use common occurrences to lead us where He wants us in life. Israel’s true king was God, but the Israelites wanted another. Throughout history, people have rejected God, and they still continue to do it today. We must never push God aside, always making Him our top priority in life. Saul hid amongst the baggage when he was called forward in front of the Israelite assembly, most likely from fear of failure or from being afraid of what others would think. God knows what He is doing in our lives, so we trust His provision(s) rather than our own feelings of adequacy. Samuel disagreed with the Israelites’ want for a king, but he told them that he would continue to pray for them and teach them. Even when we disagree with others in this world, we should still continue to pray for them and their decisions. Never stop praying for others.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and direct each of our lives to fulfill Your ultimate purpose, Father, and help us to always be ready when You call us to action. Please help us to always put You as our first priority in life and not to push You aside. We will trust in Your provision(s) for us, Father, for we know that You know exactly where You want each of us. Help us to always obey You, trust You, and follow the path that You have paved for our lives. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.