‘Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head.’ 1 Samuel 10:1 NKJV
Here’s the remarkable story of how Saul became Israel’s first king. He was out scouring the countryside for his father’s lost donkeys when he met the prophet Samuel. ‘Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us.” And he went on. “But you stand here awhile, that I may announce to you the word of God.” Then Samuel took… oil and poured it on his head, and… said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?”’ (1 Samuel 9:27–10:1 NKJV)
Think about it: Saul went out looking for donkeys—and discovered his destiny! And it can happen to you too! God has a habit of calling people who are busy doing other things. James and John were mending their fishing nets, Matthew was collecting taxes, Elisha was farming, and Saul was out looking for his father’s lost donkeys. It was just another day on the job, working to make a living. But when God has a destiny for you, and a date on His calendar with your name on it, He will come and get you.
You say, ‘But I’m nobody special!’ That’s what Saul said too: ‘Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin?’ (1 Samuel 9:21 NKJV) Your social status doesn’t limit God. When He has a plan in mind for you, He will reach into the background and bring you into the foreground.
So stay faithful, keep serving Him, and your time will come!
SoulFood: 1 Kings 12–13, Mark 13:12–23, Ps 117, Pro 12:20–22
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023