1Samuel 9:1-20, “3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. And Kish said to his son Saul, “Please take one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys. 4 So he passed through the mountains of Ephraim and through the land of Shalisha, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, and they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.”
I recently spent time studying this passage to see it’s parallel to salvation. In preaching the gospel, we must have a starting point. The starting point is crucial to the outcome of the message. The gospel message that starts with man will ultimately put God on the stand and judge Him as the bad one. The gospel message that starts with God will definitely put man on the stand, this is the way it should be.
To make this message clear, I draw our attention to 1Samuel 9 where we are told of Saul. In vs. 1 we meet his father, followed by who Saul was and his stature. In vs.3 we learn of an assignment given to him by his father which involved taking a servant on a journey. From vs. 4 onwards, he and his servant embark on a journey to find his father’s lost donkeys. In vs. 5, indicates their unsuccessful journey which would push them to want to quit and go back home lest his father be worried of what became of him. In vs. 6 his servant came up with an idea, “6 And he said to him, “Look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honorable man; all that he says surely comes to pass. So let us go there; perhaps he can show us the way that we should go.” …vs.”10 Then Saul said to his servant, “Well said; come, let us go.” So they went to the city where the man of God was.” Up to this point, you see moves made by Saul and his servant. It started with his father’s request, their reasoning, and their quest to find these missing donkeys.
In vs. 15, the story takes a huge turn and changes everything, it says, “15 Now the Lord HAD told Samuel in his ear THE DAY BEFORE Saul came, saying, 16 “TOMORROW ABOUT THIS TIME I WILL SEND YOU A MAN from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel…”. What amazes me in this story, the revelation of God is concealed until an appointed time. When the appointed time is revealed, it’s clear to us who was behind every move and every decision Saul made. God told Samuel a day before that He will send Saul. From the beginning it appeared Saul was orchestrating every plan and move, vs. 15 reveals that it was God at work. Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”.
Jesus said to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…”, John 15:16. While it appears Saul chose to go and meet the prophet, it’s God who chose him and led him through circumstances to the right place. When I became a believer, it all started with me or as it appeared. I thought I was the one who got tired of living for self; I thought I was the one who began to have a desire for God. Now I know it was entirely the Lord’s doing, He put the desire, the drive, the repentance, and faith to believe in Him.
We did not choose God, God chose us. The Lord does the choosing, the saving, the keeping and He gets all the glory. Blessings Ev
- Running Out Of Time, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)