SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Saul is anointed as king of Israel. An anointing was a religious act and served as a reminder to the king of his great responsibility to lead his people by God's wisdom and not his own.
- Saul is given three signs to confirm that the Lord had chosen him to be king (verses 2-7).
- God changes Saul's heart. The idea here is that he would now have the ability to act as a king should act. The Spirit of God was preparing him and giving him the capacity for his new role.
- Samuel calls the people of Israel together to warn them about their spiritual attitude which had involved rejection of God. He then goes through the process of appointing and introducing their new king.
- Right from the beginning, though he enjoyed much support, Saul also had opposition (verse 27).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- Fear often accompanies God's calling on our life. When the Israelites assembled to choose a king, Saul already knew he was the one. But instead of coming forward, he was hiding among the baggage. Saul is evidently apprehensive. Often we hide from important responsibilities because we are afraid of failure, afraid of what others will think, or perhaps unsure about how to proceed.
- Criticism will always be directed toward those who lead. Saul handled it well as he took no notice of those who seemed to be against him. This will not always be true of Saul.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- What responsibility are you currently avoiding out of fear or uncertainty? Trust in God's presence and provision rather than your feelings of inadequacy. He is with you ready to help!
- As you lead, listen to constructive criticism, but don't spend valuable time and energy worrying about those who may oppose you. Instead, focus your attention on those who are ready and willing to help.