God's selection for this position was a young, handsome man from the tribe of Benjamin. His father, by all accounts, was a wealthy man and had sent his son to find some missing donkeys. Saul had not done anything unusual or outstanding that made God take notice of him. He was inexperienced at leading people and not especially qualified, but the Lord would change all that. It was God who called this young man to service just as He calls you and I to salvation. We do not deserve God's mercy and grace, but He chooses to give it to some just as He chose Saul to be His servant out of all Israel.
When it came time to anoint and present the king to the people, Saul was nowhere to be found. He had hidden himself in the baggage and had to be brought out (I Samuel 10:22). Doesn't that sound like some of us when we are asked to do something in the church? We feel unqualified and unable to perform the job. However, if God has called us, He will equip us.
|Even common weeds produce pretty flowers|
Saul could never have served as leader of his people if God had not changed his heart. Samuel had told young Saul that he would have several signs as he journeyed and then he would come upon a group of prophets prophesying and he would join them. Samuel said: "Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man" (I Samuel 10:6). Then in verse 9, we read: "When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day." Again, this was all the Lord's doing not Saul's. Though I am not certain who said it, I love this saying: "God doesn't call the equipped. He equips those He calls." This was true in the life of Saul and many other heroes of the Bible. Think of Moses who felt so inadequate to confront Pharaoh. Gideon certainly believed God must be mistaken in choosing him to defeat the enemy so much so that he sought several signs from the Lord to confirm it. Witness, too, the disciples who were simple fishermen and even one who was a tax collector. This motley crew was called by Jesus Himself to take the Gospel into all the world. The list could go on and on.
By ourselves, we cannot accomplish all that God has called us to do. We must remain in Christ for He has the life giving resources we need on a daily basis. This is where prayer and Bible study come in. These two lynch pins of our faith provide what we need to undertake what God has asked us to do.
From my own perspective, I can honestly say that God called this ordinary person to serve in the choir through a persistent friend. I am so glad I heard the call and answered even though it was reluctantly. Now, I would not trade the blessings of friendship, service and joy for anything in the world.
In the same way, God chose an ordinary man named Saul to lead His people. He equipped him by His Spirit and He can do the same for each one of us. We must ask ourselves each day if God is calling us to some ministry for His glory. Read over I Samuel 9 and 10 and consider how the Lord worked a miracle in an ordinary man's life. Then, remember that God uses ordinary people like you and me to accomplish His purposes every day. Can you hear Him calling? Selah!