Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chosen

The first two kings of Israel were chosen by God and anointed by Samuel. Neither man was looking for honor, let alone looking to be a king. Both men were going about their father's business. Saul was searching for his father's donkeys and David was tending his father's sheep. Sounds rather everydayish to me.

When Samuel anointed Saul king in I Samuel 10, he also gave him very specific signs as confirmation from God—right down to how many loaves of bread and young goats men would be carrying and the specific instruments the prophets would have along. God made it abundantly clear to Saul that it was He who had chosen him as king. He gave Saul solid evidence of His hand.

But Saul, as he was, wasn't ready to be king. God took care of that detail, too.
The the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.
~I Samuel 10:6

That phrase jumped off the page to me—and be changed into another man. God equipped Saul to assume a king's responsibilities just God enabled those chosen to judge Israel before Saul's reign.

God doesn't choose those who are qualified
...He qualifies those He chooses.


How many of us have stood before God with our knees knocking and said, 'I can't do that!'? If God calls you to do something He will enable you to do it! Rest in that.

Even after God confirmed His anointing, Saul slips back into his everyday life. When Samuel calls the people together to choose a king, and Saul is chosen, the man is hiding in with the luggage. We do the same thing! God chooses us for a task, and we say 'I can't!' and then run and hide, forgetting, or refusing to believe, that God will enable us to do what He has called us to.

When it was time for Saul to step up, it says “God's Spirit fell on Saul” and he was able to rally the people and lead them as a king. God enabled him to do what he had been called to do. God does the same for us.

He will enable you to do what He called you to do!
Rest in that knowledge
and get to work.



He who began a good work in you
will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

~Philippians 1:6

3 comments:

  1. Sometimes I wonder, though, is the current task from God or just something I've "gotten myself into."

    That is why I am scared and feel that I can't do it.

    smooches,
    Larie

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  2. Lands' sake, SISTER, you may as well put a graphic of a finger pointing at me with the post! I did NOT see that coming. Okay, God, what are you up to?

    Look at the comment I JUST left on Kristen's dancing margins blog RIGHT before I came over here.

    *cue the twilight zone music*

    Love you, sis.

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  3. Wow. You are speaking my language today, Patty! I needed to hear this myself as the last few weeks I've been wondering if I'm "equipped" enough to serve the Lord in the ways He is calling me.

    Beautiful.

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