I have been reading the story of king Saul. The Bible gives us a beautiful introduction to him. First, we are told he had a rich dad and he was from the tribe of Benjamin, 1 Samuel 9:1. Then we are told that he was the most handsome man in all of Israel, head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land, 1 Samuel 9:2. It would be one thing if the bible said he was a handsome man, but to go the extra step and say “in all of Israel”, Saul was a looker! Anyway, I digress.
Besides the good looks and the rich dad, Saul was an ordinary person. Sounds like I’m cracking a joke but I’m not. He was human just like you and I. God saw something in Saul that when the people of Israel cried out for a king, God thought, “I know who’d make a good king, Saul.” We know how Saul’s story ends but I think its important to look at how it began.
Saul was minding his business, well his dad’s business because he was out looking for his dad’s lost donkeys, when he encountered Samuel. In 1 Samuel 10:1 it says, “Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul’s head. He kissed Saul and said, “I am doing this because the Lord has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, His special possession.” God loved His people, and He wouldn’t appoint just anyone to be their leader. Besides Saul’s good looks, God saw something in Saul that Saul probably didn’t even know was in him. The potential to be a great king who’s kingdom who’d be established for generations.
God trusts ordinary people with His plans. He trusts ordinary people with things that are valuable to Him. There are special things that God has entrusted to you (could be the people in your world, at your workplace, your children, or people you are called to lead), and you may be wondering why God picked you. It has nothing to do with your socio-economic status or your good or not so good looks or your talent or lack thereof. God sees something on the inside of you. He created you and He knows all that you can be, if you will be humble and obedient.
Saul was anointed and appointed but God took another step and He equipped Saul for the role. 1 Samuel 10:9-10 says, “As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart… Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.” When I read this passage I am reminded of us and our journey of salvation. When we give our hearts to Jesus, He gives us a new heart, a new spirit, our spirit is born again. We become new. We have the added blessing of having the Holy Spirit live within us, He doesn’t just come upon us. He lives in us. God sets us up for success. He sets us up to accomplish whatever it is that He has planned for us to accomplish. His will for us on earth.
We are all on a journey but what determines whether God continues to trust us with the things that are precious to Him or not, is how we handle our decision making during the journey. The choices we make along the way determine the final outcome of our journey. Saul’s story did not need to end the way it did. It started good, but ended bad. We get a choice in how our story ends. We may not have been able to choose where our story started but how it ends, is up to us.
Saul’s heart was changed but his soul was never transformed. There were some things that were unresolved in his soul that ultimately led him on a downward spiral. We don’t have to be like Saul. After Saul, God picked a boy to be the next king of Israel. He was ordinary, but we now know after reading the story of king David that with God, David went from being ordinary to extraordinary. He could have been a footnote in the Bible but instead he chose to honour God in all His decisions and became one of the greatest kings to rule Israel, so much so he is mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. Our decisions matter.
We can choose to remain basic or we can choose to partner with God and be who we were created to be and do what we were created to do.
We’ll continue this next week.
Love and blessings,