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God has a purpose for you, and he has given you all you need to achieve that purpose. This is true, and it is entirely free from your influence, whether you believe it or not makes no difference to it’s existence. What does make a difference is whether you choose to live in it or not.
In the Old Testament the people ask for a human king. They have had God as their king but a quick look to the cultures around them gives them enough evidence to ditch God and try to be like everybody else. Always a good plan. God selects Saul for the job, and gives him all he needs to succeed in it. The Bible tells us that ‘God changed Saul’s heart’ in other words he made Saul ready, and yet when it comes time to crown Saul he is no where to be found –
1 Samuel 10:22-24: ‘So they enquired further of the Lord, ‘Has the man come here yet?’ And the Lord said, ‘Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.’ They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. Samuel said to all the people, ‘Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people. Then the people shouted, ‘Long live the king!’
Saul could have been a great king – God had called him and equipped him, and yet Saul never really believed that, he never really lived as though it was true. His reign is characterised with insecurity and jealousy as he goes royally off the rails, but then again when he was found hiding in the baggage during his coronation ceremony what do you expect?
God has a purpose for you, and he has given you all you need to achieve that purpose. Are you going to live in it or be found hiding in the baggage?
Hi Nick, I’m not sure that it was God’s first plan to have Saul as King. I seems (as you intimate) that it was a botched idea from the elders of Israel who badgered Samuel into the idea.
Maybe God called Saul in order to teach them a lesson, Worldy ways aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Or in other words he was simply making the best of a bad job.
Interestingly Abraham was able to turn God from thoughts of destruction, to allowing Lot and his family to escape Sodom (I know his Mrs. messed up) – so perhaps we see that The Lord can work in any circumstance, even when he appears to have made his mind up beforehand.
When it comes to God having a purpose for us, I agree 100% – to live out this purpose.
We were made to serve, but I often serve my own interests not His.
Yes, definitely not God’s ideal plan, but then that hasn’t been the case since Eden. I actually think Saul had all he needed to make a good go of it, but his impatience and insecurity robbed him. The shocking thing is how quickly he went from having his heart changed to hiding in the baggage!
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