Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 19 - 1 Samuel 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • We are introduced to Saul who would become the first king of Israel.  He was sent by his father to go find their lost donkeys.  To lose a donkey in that day was a disaster as they were used for transportation, hauling, and farming.  
  • About ready to return home having failed to find the donkeys, Saul's servant talks him into finding a man of God (Samuel) to see if he knows where the donkeys are.  
  • The day before this encounter between Samuel and Saul, God had told Samuel that around this time of the day He was sending one from the town of Benjamin who would be the future king of Israel.
  • Saul is surprised by Samuel's words because he came from the smallest tribe in Israel.  However, he goes with Samuel, eats with him, and stays overnight.  The next day, Samuel has a message from God to give to Saul.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God is often at work behind the scenes of our lives.  Often we think that events just happen to us.  But as we learn in this story, God may use common occurrences to lead us where He wants.  
  • God often uses the least likely to do great things.  No one would have guessed that God would choose Israel's king from the smallest tribe in Israel.  Not even Saul who responded by saying, "But am I not a Benjamite..."  

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Because God is often at work in our lives in ways we cannot see, evaluate all situations as potential "divine appointments" designed to shape our lives.  Think of all the good and bad circumstances that have affected you lately.  Can you see God's purpose in them?  Perhaps He is building a certain quality in you or leading you to serve Him in a new area.  
  • Regardless of who you are or where you've come from, God can use you to do great things for him.  Consider the gifts and abilities God has given you.  Consider the places He has placed you:  your work, Verve Church, your neighborhood.  How can you use your talents to live life on mission for God right where you are?