I know you are probably thinking what in the world is this verse today? So, let’s get into it together from 1 Samuel 9, 10 and 11. The people of Israel demanded a king, despite the warnings from God of what would that would mean for them, they still wanted a king, because everyone else had one. Well, the Lord told Samuel about a man that was coming to town, Saul, and that this man was to become king. (I do want to point out that this is King Saul, not Saul who is later Paul in the New Testament) Saul was out looking for his fathers lost donkeys and him and his servant knew they were close to Samuel, he was “famous” by this time, so they decided to go see if he could tell them where the lost donkey were before they gave up and headed back home. Well, from the Lord’s guidance, Samuel meets Saul and shows him hospitality and later that day anoints him king in private. “This anointing ceremony was to remind the king of his great responsibility to lead his people by God’s wisdom and not his own.” (Application) Later on, Samuel gathers all the people together to make this kingship of Saul official to the public. When Samuel called Saul up to announce him, he couldn’t be found, “So they inquired further of the Lord ‘Has the man come here yet?’ And the Lord said, ‘Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.” (v.10:22) They went and grabbed him and brought him before the people as their king. Scripture tells us that even after that incident, people started shouted “long live the king.” (v.24) Not all the people were happy with this choice at this time, but after all this ceremony, the Ammorites came and were planning on taking over the city of Jabesh-Gilead, but once Saul got word of this, he put together an army and defeated the Ammorites, so after that scripture tells us all the people were in agreement with Saul as their new king.
What gets me about today’s verse is that Saul was already anointed in private, he knew he was going to be king, but based on his behavior I’m going to say he had some concerns about it. I mean he was hiding when they called him up to announce him. Our application really got me, “Often we hide from important responsibilities because we are afraid of failure, afraid of what others will think or perhaps unsure of how to proceed.” I’m sure we have all been there, knowing you need to do something, but one of those things, or possibily a reason not listed, stopped you… I know I have! The application goes on to say “Count on God’s provision rather than your feeling of adequacy.” That last statement is pow.er.ful! Am I right? It’s not about our feeling of adequacy, but what God can do with it!
Write down a time that you felt you needed to do something, but were too afraid to do it. What was it? What were you afraid of? Did you ever end up doing it or did the fear stop you? If you went ahead and did it anyways even though you were afraid, how did you see the Lord move in it?
Heavenly Father, thank you that we can trust and rely on you, even when we are scared to act, we know you are with us and waiting on us to come to you to ask for your help rather than moving in our own strength. We thank you for the times you push us even when we’re scared, something beautiful always comes out of those times. We know that it’s in those times where we grow most and it is so clear to see your hand. I pray the next time we feel led to do something, but fear or worry stand in our way, that you remind us that we can count on you to be there. Thank you for this time to learn more about you. In your powerful name we pray, Amen!