Now, Saul was tall, dark and handsome. Just kidding. He was tall and handsome. Well, two out of three ain’t bad, huh? On a serious note, Saul was unusually tall. From Saul’s shoulders and upward he was higher than anyone else. Definitely noticeable in a crowd. One might say head and shoulders above the rest. 😀
So imagine when Samuel saw Saul. My mind tells me he might have been thinking to himself, “Wow! That dude is tall. Where did he come from?” And imagine his reaction when he then heard the Lord say to him, “That’s My man!” That’s not exactly what the Lord said, though. The LORD told Samuel that is the guy I was telling you about. He shall reign over My people.
Saul then walked up to Samuel and asked him where they might find the man of God. Saul doesn’t even realize Samuel is the guy he is looking for nor does he even know that his life is about to be changed forever.
So, long story short, Samuel invites Saul and his servant to eat with him and at the same time tells Saul not to worry about the donkeys that were lost three days ago because they have been found. Samuel also says to Saul, “And for whom are all the desirable things of Israel? Are they not for you and for all your father’s house?” (1 Samuel 9:20)
Imagine what Saul is thinking. Who is this guy? How did he know we lost the donkeys three days ago? And why is he talking gibberish about me being the desire of Israel? Dude, are you confused? Do you even know who I am? I am a Benjamite from the smallest of all the tribes. SMALLEST!!! And my family? I guess you hadn’t heard. We are nobodies in the rank and file of the families within our own tribe. I think you might have the wrong guy. He might even look over at the servant who has traveled with him and whisper something like, “Are you sure this is the guy? You know. The man of God.”
Now Saul does pretty much tell Samuel he has the wrong guy but Samuel doesn’t even provide a rebuttal. The next day, before Saul leaves, Samuel asked Saul to speak with him in private.
In private, Samuel anoints Saul with oil and lets him know he will be prince over God’s heritage.
Check this out. Saul wasn’t looking to be king. His mission was finding his Dad’s donkeys. He was fulfilling one purpose and found the purpose of God for his life. God used a circumstance, call it a crisis for one (his dad), to fulfill His plan for a nation.
Not only that but Saul thought he was limited by his tribe, by his heritage, by his background, by his past. Saul’s purpose was so much bigger than what he could see. Saul’s purpose may have been bigger than his dreams. Imagine that!
So much to ponder.
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
Note: Today we are in 1 Samuel Chapter 9
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