1 Samuel 9:1-12:25
1 Samuel 9:20-21, “‘…And I am here to tell you that you and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes.’ Saul replied, ‘But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?’”
Billy Graham wrote that he would ask God one day why He chose a farm boy from North Carolina to preach His Word to the world. While he may have had an initial pause, he accepted that purpose and followed God’s lead. God worked through Billy Graham as he stood before millions and had access to world leaders, boldly bringing God’s Word to the world.
As we are introduced to Saul, we see him ask a similar question — “But…Why?” He was convinced Samuel had the wrong guy. He was just a guy looking for his father’s donkey. When the time came to go public with the announcement that he was indeed God’s anointed king of Israel, he heard people mocking him, and he hid behind a bunch of baggage!
Saul began as a reluctant king. Like many who step out into God’s purpose for their lives, he felt unworthy. However, it is in that place of humility that God can show His strength if we allow Him to use us.
Is God calling you out of hiding? The next time you feel called to serve God in a big way, don’t ask, “But… Why?” Instead, believe that if He believes in your ability, you must be qualified for the job through Christ. And then, ask a new question: “What next?” Be willing to step into His purpose and plan for your life, and experience the amazing things He can do in and through you.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the purpose and plan You have for my life. I want to experience the excitement of You working through me. Help me to be courageous and be glorified in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.