Monday 26 September, 2016

1 Samuel 9:1-10

9 There was a man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. Kish was a very important person. He was the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror. Zeror was the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 Kish had a son named Saul. Saul was a handsome young man. He was more handsome than anyone in Israel. And he was a head taller than anyone else. 3 The donkeys that belonged to Saul’s father Kish were lost. So Kish spoke to his son Saul. He said, “Go and look for the donkeys. Take one of the servants with you.” 4 Saul and his servant went through the hill country of Ephraim. They also went through the area around Shalisha. But they didn’t find the donkeys. So they went on into the area of Shaalim. But the donkeys weren’t there either. Then Saul went through the territory of Benjamin. But they still didn’t find the donkeys. 5 When Saul and the servant with him reached the area of Zuph, Saul spoke to the servant. He said, “Come on. Let’s go back. If we don’t, my father will stop thinking about the donkeys. Instead, he’ll start worrying about us.” 6 But the servant replied, “There’s a man of God here in Ramah. People have a lot of respect for him. Everything he says comes true. So let’s go and see him now. Perhaps he’ll tell us which way to go.” 7 Saul said to his servant, “If we go to see the man, what can we give him? There isn’t any food in our sacks. We don’t have a gift for the man of God. So what can we give him?” 8 The servant answered Saul again. “Look,” he said. “I’ve got a tenth of an ounce of silver. I’ll give it to the man of God. Then maybe he’ll tell us which way to go.” 9 In Israel, prophets used to be called seers. So if someone wanted to ask God for advice, they would say, “Come on. Let’s go to the seer.” 10 Saul said to his servant, “That’s a good idea. Come on. Let’s go and ask the seer.” So they started out for the town where the man of God lived.

Saul and his companion end up in Zuph by way of a search for lost livestock. We see a gentler, more considerate character than we come to know later in Saul’s story. Tall and handsome; thoughtful and clever – Saul becomes transformed over the course of his life into a tragic and wretched figure… but this is getting ahead of ourselves.

Our lives are laid out in front of God. We do well to seek God’s wisdom as we conduct our daily business. Whether we are involved in humble nonsense ‘donkey-work’ or moving amidst the lofty halls of ‘royalty’ and power, let us end as we have begun, in Jesus. Put in other words: I want to move in the direction and into the full completion of my potential in God.

“…he can shew us our way that we should go.” (v6 KJV)

Lord, my life is in your hands. May my story be the story that you write – a story that ends in you, as it was begun in you: full of potential, full of promise. Guide my steps. I open my life to good spiritual council. In faith, I receive the fullness of the good future you have prepared for me. Amen.

Written by Sam Stewart

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