Key Verse: 1 Samuel 9:17-21
God speaks to Samuel here, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.” Whoa! I’m sure Samuel was thinking really, Lord? But Samuel, being the good servant he was, waited at the gateway for Saul to approach and invite him in.
Saul, the son of Kish and belonging to the smallest clan of the smallest tribe, had lost his father’s donkeys and needed to find them. Donkeys had much worth. They were work animals used to pack in harvest to the markets, carry people and children and used for whatever needs that came. If you didn’t have a donkey or two or three there was no way that you were going to make money to provide. It was very important to Kish to get his donkeys back, as it was to Saul. Saul was filled with worry that he would not find them. After all, he had already been through the hill country of Ephraim, through the area all around Shalisha and into the district of Shaalim. He even passed through the territory of Benjamin. They had finally come to the district of Zuph, where Samuel resided.
It did not cross Saul’s mind that his supposed quick visit to ask Samuel, the prophet, where to look for the donkeys, that he would leave ANOINTED. Samuel is all casual. This was no biggie for him. God spoke to him all the time and Samuel was happy to do the Lord’s bidding.
So Samuel waits for Saul to approach at the gateway and then says, “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart.” Can you imagine dining in the “high place”? I can see this grand room filled with beautiful velvet curtains of royal colors, golden goblets and plates and floors that shined. It makes me want a “high place” in my home to entertain friends.
Okay, okay. Before we daydream too far, let’s keep going. Did you notice that Samuel did not give Saul a choice in joining him for a meal, but that he told him, “You are to eat with me”? I would have been like, “Um, I have donkeys to look for. I don’t have time to sit and chat that long.” Saul, on the other hand, was like, “Sweet! I could eat a bite or two and look for the donkeys later.” Samuel gives Saul some reassurance here, “As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found.” Saul had not even mentioned the donkey search to Samuel yet. God is so awesome. He has even the smallest details worked out for us. I can just imagine the look of bafflement on Saul’s face as Samuel tells him all is well.
So, it turns out that Saul, in all his insignificance, was being called to be the future King. What?!!! I guess those donkeys were the least of his worries. Saul immediately went into “but, God” mode. He was like “seriously? Me?” Saul’s exact words were, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?” Someone has got an inferiority complex!
Saul thought that he came from too humble of means and the least of all tribes to be considered King. “Don’t you know where I come from?” He felt ordinary and low on the totem pole. BUT GOD knows Saul and has great plans for him.
Do you ever ask God the same thing? “Don’t you know who I am and where I come from?” Why, yes! Yes, God does know where you come from, who you are, what you are capable of and yes, He wants YOU!
Lord, I may feel small and insignificant to do Your plan that You called me to. Help me to see what You see in me. Show me step by step what You want me to do for You each day and bless me as I go. Amen.
Remember what God did with Saul. Read the whole story of Saul being anointed by Samuel in 1 Samuel 9. Memorize Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Because God has great plans for you and for me and we are not to back down to the call that has been placed on our hearts by Him. Don’t worry about coming from a small tribe or poor home. Don’t worry about your speech or lack of training. God has got this for you.