Tuesday 28 July, 2020

1 Samuel 10:1-8

10 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? 2 When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’ 3 “Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them. 5 “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you. 8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”

This is a true prophet of God at work. Bringing insights only God can know to the young Saul. Bringing to Saul, with exquisite detail (what about the three men, one of whom would greet Saul and offer him two loaves of bread), the awareness of what would happen to Him next. 

It is so easy to take this for granted, and not think – wow, who normally does this kind of thing? The truth is, not many people have throughout human history. 

This is a special trust, a supernatural relationship, and a powerful demonstration of what partnership with God looks like – albeit a very special example of it. 

For me, the encouragement is this – whilst I am, at this stage, no prophet of God, I am in relationship with the same God of this Universe. I need to expect the supernatural, and accept it, without presuming it for myself and others. 

Lord, help me rise to a new place of expectant faith and bold trust – you are Supernatural by definition, I just need to keep remembering this! 

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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