March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017

1 SAMUEL 9-12

Focus Verse: Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. Therefore they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” So the Lord said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.” So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”
1 Samuel 10”21-24

 

King Saul started off so well. He didn’t want to be king. He knew the position was too much for him. That is the starting point for God to do incredible things through you. When we reach the end of ourselves, God can begin to work through us. Saul had reached the end of himself.

 

Even though everyone around him thought he looked the part, Saul was humble enough to know that he couldn’t do it. Some people look at this as a negative characteristic of Saul…and as we will see in the readings for the next few days, Saul’s humility eventually morphs into insecurity. But in no way does this begin as a negative characteristic.

 

Over and over again we see this in scripture, stay humble and God will exalt you. Give Him the glory, and He will glorify you. The same happens here with Saul. Even though people talk bad about him later in the chapter and say he can’t deliver Israel from the Philistines, Saul doesn’t try to defend himself. Even when he has the opportunity to have these people punished, he doesn’t. Why? Because he trusts God to honor him.

 

Are you trusting God to honor you or are you trying to find honor for yourself?

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