Wednesday 29 July, 2020

1 Samuel 10:9-16

9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. 11 When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” 12 A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father?” So it became a saying: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place. 14 Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where have you been?” “Looking for the donkeys,” he said. “But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15 Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.” 16 Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.

What a strange incident.  Saul is anointed as the king and then he begins prophesying.  Why?  What is the point of Paul prophesying?

I think the point about the experience is to give Saul evidence that God is with him, and not simply so that he can be grateful for a nice experience.  It is because there are things he is going to find himself doing or challenged to do, and he could be tempted to think, “I couldn’t do that.”  Saul had said to Samuel, “I’m just a member of the smallest of the twelve clans”, and “I am a member of the smallest family in Benjamin”.  God’s granting him this experience is designed to stop this kind of talk. “God will be with you” or “God is with you” is a common used phrase in the Old Testament, especially when God places some impossible task in front of them.  In effect what the Lord is doing is saying ‘What you are is irrelevant’.  The fact that God is with you (of which this experience gives evidence) is what counts.

So when have you thought to yourself – ‘I cannot do that’, ‘that will never happen’ or similar thoughts.  I know those thoughts cross my mind all too often.

Yet, the Lord has anointed me, not as a king, but nonetheless he has anointed me.  And he has anointed you – to be you – but not the broken, rundown you, but the whole, healed and redeemed you, not with a marred self image, but made in the image of God to fulfil His plans and purposes in your life.

Are you operating in the affirmation of God? and when do you operate out of your brokenness?  God has anointed you to be all He calls!

Father, help me to remember and walk in the power of Your Spirit, not out of my brokenness but the wholeness You bring to me through the working of Your Word and Spirit in my life.

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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