March 21, 2017

1 Samuel 10:24-27: “24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the one the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among the entire population.”

And all the people shouted, “Long live the king! ”

25 Samuel proclaimed to the people the rights of kingship. He wrote them on a scroll, which he placed in the presence of the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people home.

26 Saul also went to his home in Gibeah,and brave men whose hearts God had touched went with him. 27 But some wicked men said, “How can this guy save us? ” They despised him and did not bring him a gift, but Saul said nothing.”

(Disclaimer: this is not intended to be directed at our current political situation)

Saul was chosen by the Lord to be the king of Israel. We see here that Samuel appointed him in the presence of all of the Israelites. As you can see, all of the people had different responses. In the last verse, some people openly despised Saul and did not approve of his kingship. 

But notice Saul’s response…he said nothing. Now, I know later on in Saul’s life, he made some bad decisions and let jealousy get the best of him. Putting all of that aside, we can learn from his actions here. 

So many times in our culture today, when someone wrongs us, we feel the need to react. We think we have to “put them in their place” or defend ourselves. But Saul did not do this. In fact, his response here is quite Christ-like. When Jesus was wrongly accused, He knew His ultimate purpose and that He would be victorious in the end. I think we need to be reminded of this on a regular basis. Because of Christ, the battle is already won. There is a time to stand up for those who are facing injustice, but there is also a time to be humble and not allow the enemy to use our words for his benefit. Ask the Holy Spirit for His guidance in this specific area today. 

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