DAY 4: Saul Anointed as King
Have you ever had a dog (or other pet) wander away from home, and you had to spend hours roaming the neighborhood to find it? Something similar happens to Saul in 1 Samuel 9. The donkeys owned by the family wander off, and Saul’s father sends him out to look for them.
We can imagine what Saul may have been thinking. Stupid donkeys. This is the third time this year they’ve wandered off! And of course, he covers miles and miles of land looking for them, to no avail. As a last ditch effort, he and his servants go to a man of God, Samuel, to ask for his help. But Samuel doesn’t just give them information about the lost animals. He tells Saul that he’s going to be the king of Israel!
The Life Application Study Bible notes, “Often we think that events ‘just happen’ to us, but as we learn from this story about Saul, God may use common occurrences to lead us where he wants. It is important to evaluate all situations as potential ‘divine appointments’ designed to shape our lives.” As you read today, consider this: Can you think of a time when something ‘just happened’ but it turned out God had a bigger plan?
READING & JOURNALING:
Can you think of a time when something ‘just happened’ but it turned out God had a bigger plan?
Like Saul, God has a plan for your life. If you could write it out in just one sentence, what would you say God’s plan for your life is?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 8 & 9
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I confess that today’s question about Your plan for my life is one of the most challenging questions I have wrestled with throughout my life. And even though I can write what I think may be Your plan for my life, I still have some doubts or fears about what exactly that means and how to live it out. As such, I pray today for Your tremendous wisdom. That You will continue to lead and guide me to not only know Your will, but to live Your will. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.