Prayer Focus: Chad

Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 9-12

Scripture

There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. 1 Samuel 9:1

[Samuel to Saul] “And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?” 1 Samuel 9:20b

Observation

Saul might have been the Arnold Schwarzenegger of his day; tall, strong, good looking.  He looked like a guy who should be a king.  In the last chapter God warned the people of Israel what would happen if they took a king, but here we are with God picking the guy who looked right for the job.  When Samuel notified Saul that he would be king, Saul showed some humility wondering how this could be true, but he quickly stepped into the role complete with overconfidence, swift victories, and giving glory to the Lord for the victories.  Everything seems to be going right; Samuel hands over authority to Saul and the people repent of their sins and promise to follow the Lord.  Saul’s reign has all the makings of ushering in a Golden Age for Israel.  To be continued…

Application

These four chapters are a moment in Israel’s history where its very tempting to rest on and revel in because here everything is going right.

What are the key elements that make this moment great?

Personal responsibility: Saul had been given charge over his father’s donkey’s.  He lost them and he stopped at nothing to find them.

Obedience to God: Samuel listened to God when he said Saul was the man to be King.  Samuel graciously handed authority over to Saul.  Samuel spoke the word of God clearly to the people telling them both the good and the bad.  The people of Israel were obedient to God by giving up their idols and turned to God.  Samuel would not give up teaching the people what was “good and right.”

Repentance: The people of Israel repented of their sins.

We know that things don’t go well for Saul after this, but if Saul had stuck to these principles things would have been different.  If we stick to these principles we can make a difference in our nation and the lives of its people.

Prayer

Lord, teach me these principles (I know there are more!) so that I can be a good example to my family and to those people who know me.  For your glory!  In Jesus name, amen!

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