Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interruption or Divine Appointment?

1 Samuel 9:15-16
Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel:  “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him leader over my people Israel; he will deliver my people from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked upon my people, for their cry has reached me.” 

2 Samuel 9 is the first place Saul is introduced in the Bible.  He is said to be an impressive young man who was a head taller than any of the others.  His journey to kingship is fascinating to me, and I feel there are lots of things we can learn from his story.

In the opening scene, Saul’s father’s donkeys were lost.  Kish, Saul’s father, told him to take one of the servants and look for the donkeys.  They searched for three days and were unable to locate them.  When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to his servant, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us.”  ( vs. 5)  His servant replied, “Look in this town there is a man of God:  he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true.  Let’s go there now.  Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”  (vs. 6)

God used lost donkeys to get Saul an audience with Samuel, the prophet.  It makes me realize when I get frustrated in life due to things that happen in the natural, I must consider God may be putting me on a path to a divine appointment. 

My father went to be with the Lord many years ago, but I can still hear his voice in my head when frustrating things happen.  As a child, when things occurred like a car breakdown, my dad always said, “Well, I guess God wants to bless a mechanic.”   Because of his attitude, God opened many doors for him to minister to people one-on-one everywhere he went.

Today we are living in a time when many frustrating things happen.  Trials are just a part of life.  No one is exempt.  Let’s make a pact together to view them as opportunities instead of interruptions. 

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