1 Samuel 10:9-16
9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart. All these things happened that day. 10 When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a group of prophets met Saul. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully on him. He prophesied along with them. 11 Those who had known Saul before saw him prophesying with the prophets. They asked one another, “What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also one of the prophets?” 12 A man who lived in Gibeah answered, “Yes, he is. In fact, he’s their leader.” That’s why people say, “Is Saul also one of the prophets?” 13 After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place to worship. 14 Later, Saul’s uncle spoke to him and his servant. He asked, “Where have you been?” “Looking for the donkeys,” Saul said. “But we couldn’t find them. So we went to Samuel.” 15 Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.” 16 Saul replied, “He told us the donkeys had been found.” But Saul didn’t tell his uncle that Samuel had said he would become king.
Sometimes when a restaurant gets a bad reputation the owners will eventually have to sell. A sign goes up that says “under new management”. This can be a sign of hope and often the reputation can completely turn around. Alternative a great chef might retire and a restaurant with a great reputation puts up a sign “under new management”. This time round this sign is a warning, the food might not be the same, it might be a lot worse.
Saul is under new management; the Spirit of God has taken over. This is good news for Him and good news for Israel. The effect is swift! And the Spirit makes his mark quickly on Saul and everyone around notices.
I was put under new management decades ago, and the Holy Spirit doesn’t plan to retire. People can see the difference and I want people to continue to experience God quality when they meet me. I know another manager eventually took control of Saul’s life… And it wasn’t good.
Lord, Spirit of God! I am under your management! With you in charge I know I will serve up love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control that is of God quality!! Have your way in me!
Written by Andrew Mellor