Thursday, February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024

Samuel anointed Saul to become king of Israel. He gave him a list of things that would happen on his way home. Everything Samuel told him came to pass. The most striking was when he came across the school of prophets and began prophesying with them. It was at that point God changed his heart. People saw him prophesying, which became a sign to them to prepare their hearts for him to become king. Samuel called an assembly for all of Israel to attend, where they cast lots to choose their king. The tribe of Benjamin was called forward, eliminating the other tribes, then Saul’s family was chosen, and his name was called. Saul being chosen in this manner proved that he was chosen by God. Saul didn’t come upon hearing his name; he was hiding, probably hoping someone else’s name would be called. Some men went to get him and brought him back. When Saul stood among them, he was a head taller than the rest of the people. Samuel proclaimed that none were like him, and all the people said, “God save the king!” Saul was now king, but he went home to his daddy along with a group of volunteers whom God had placed on their hearts to attend to him. Even though he was now king, there was still a transition period and process of learning how to handle his new authority. 

One day you lose your donkeys, and the next day, you’re king! That’s how quickly life can turn around for you and any of us. Though the transition may not be easy, it is a learning process that strengthens us along the way. If you are going through a trying time, ask God what you should learn from this situation rather than hide among all the stuff like Saul. Come out and face your challenges!

Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff. 1 Samuel 10:22

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