Today’s Tasting: 1 Samuel 9–12: Israel had rejected God as their king and demanded a “man” to be their king. They just wanted to be like everyone else. So Samuel, following the instructions of the Lord, anointed Saul to be their king. Saul looked good on the outside. In fact, the Bible says he was the best-looking man in all Israel. He was tall, head and shoulders taller than the other men. But Saul was from the Benjamin Tribe, which was the smallest tribe in all Israel. He didn’t understand why he was being chosen from among what he thought was the least important of the tribes.
Samuel told Saul that the Spirit of the Lord would come upon him mightily and he would be changed into another man. God was with him. But when the time came for Samuel to publicly announce that Saul would be king, Saul hid in the baggage. When he was brought out before the people, some of them looked at the way he looked on the outside and shouted “Long live the king!”; others immediately saw him as worthless and despised him.
Today’s Nourishment: Who are we listening to? Those who just see us on the outside—the way we look? Do we allow others to tell us whether we are pretty or handsome enough? Do we listen to those who in one glance decide we are worthless?
Or do we look at the situations we were born into? Situations that we can’t change that we decide are limitations?
Or are we listening to God? The one who tells us His Spirit will come upon us mightily and He will make us into a new person?
Are we hiding in the baggage, striving in our own strength, or are we trusting in the abilities of the Spirit and power of God?
Tomorrow’s Delight: 1 Samuel 13–14
Kelly Quinn, South Carolina, mom of seven