Saturday, December 12, 2015

Devotional Thought : 1 Samuel 10:26

Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched. 1 Samuel 10:26

God went to extraordinary lengthens to provide Saul with all the resources he needed to be an excellence king. First there was the prophetic word from Samuel, "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" (v. 6) which accompanied numerous signs (vs. 2-5).

Then there was the confirmation by lot (v. 21) and the public acceptance (v. 24). In the above verse we see that God supported Saul with valiant men who would provide fellowship for Saul. God knows leadership is a lonely business.

Saul's kingship starts well with a successful routing of the Ammonites in chapter 11 and Saul's acknowledgment of the Lord, "… for this day the Lord has rescued Israel" (11:13).

But there is never any reaction from Saul regarding his kingly appointment – no shock, no surprise, no prayer. Such a significant privilege since Saul was the first king of Israel but there is no response to God – no gratitude, no commitment to God's commands, no amazement that God chose him. Whereas David was keenly aware of all God had provided for him (2 Samuel 7:18-29).

How easy it is to take God's provision for granted and how dangerous it becomes when we do. Saul became presumptuous (1 Samuel 13:9) which ultimately lead to his downfall.

God has provided communion (the Lord's Supper/the Eucharist) as a regular opportunity for us to remember all God has done for us. As we partake in eating and drinking, we remember that our forgiveness, our freedom from sin, our renewal of relationship, cost God dearly – his only son.

Let's never take his provision for granted.

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