October 31, 2021
Scripture: Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched. But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?” And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace. 1 Samuel 10:26-27 ESV
Observation: Saul was a reluctant leader. For all the signs that Samuel foretold would happen to prove that Saul was God’s chosen first king of Israel (which the Lord fulfilled in the presence of Saul), he still hid among the baggage (verse 22) when it was time to present him to the people.
Takeaway: In the text, twice we see the phrase that God had touched the heart of his chosen ones: first with Saul after his anointing as Israel’s first king (verse 9), then with the men of valor who were appointed to support Saul in his calling (above passage). It is a word of encouragement to all of us. God equips the leaders he calls as well as their team. And it begins with touching our hearts, emboldening us to risk it all to serve him.
Also, of worthy note, we need not be fearful or distracted by those who oppose us. Instead, God extends his peace to us, strengthening our conviction and buffering us from the naysayers.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for equipping the called. Would you please help us appropriate your peace and press on with our calling, ignoring those who would discourage us? Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling