Read: 1 Samuel 9 & 10
“Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them. After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” 1 Samuel 10:3-7
So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 1 Samuel 10:22
If you have ever wondered if God guides us and is involved in the details of our lives, this story is a great reminder. First, the donkeys go missing and for Saul’s culture and in his time, this was a big deal. Donkeys were like the pick up trucks of their day. They were used for transportation, carrying heavy loads, as well as farming. The donkeys were worth going after and so Saul was sent to find the valuable animals.
God used this search to bring Saul to the right place at the right time. God had arranged the circumstances in such a way, that Samuel would know exactly who was to be the king of Israel. God told Samuel ahead of time he would be coming, and sure enough, he did.
Then God arranges even more circumstances to show Saul that he was to be the king of Israel. It had to be so amazing for Saul to travel back to his father and have all of Samuel’s words come true along the way. It was kind of like a prophecy scavenger hunt. What a faith building experience it must have been. But after all of what God said would happen came to pass, instead of boldly stepping forward to be anointed as the king, Saul hides in the baggage!
Before we judge Saul, let’s be honest. It is scary to move into the things God calls us to sometimes. Even with the confirmations that God gave both of them, Saul was still apprehensive. But God is so patient. Even with his fear, even with his lack of faith and even with his apprehension, God still called Saul.
There will be times in our lives when we can clearly see God pointing us in a particular direction. And what a blessing that is! That doesn’t mean, however, we will not have to overcome our human emotions about whatever it is he is directing. It CAN be scary, intimidating, daunting…. And we can also live in the baggage of our past failures and sin. We say to ourselves, “I can’t do THAT! I used to do …! I used to be…!”
Here is the truth to hold on to in those moments:
God is big enough for any task. He will empower us. He will use us. He will redeem our pasts and even use it to further equip us for the future (if we let Him). We must rest in the truth that He is bigger than our fears, our weaknesses and our past. We may not feel capable, and in fact, in our own strength, we may NOT be capable. But the God inside of us is capable of completing any task to which we are called. If God is calling you to do something, He will equip you to do it. Have faith. Have trust in the One who defeated death and stop hiding in your baggage!
Father, thank you that you call us to things that are bigger than ourselves. Thank you that you don’t abandon us but you empower us. Thank you that you WANT us to be involved in your mission to save the world. May we always be willing to go where you call, do what you want us to do, and love those you want us to love. Clearly guide us. Give us strength to fight our fears and overcome our trepidations. Let us always fully trust you and your will. In Jesus name, Amen.