1 Samuel 10
9 When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them. 11 And when all who knew him previously saw how he prophesied with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What has come over the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” 12 And a man of the place answered, “And who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.
14 Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To seek the donkeys. And when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15 And Saul's uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.” 16 And Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel had spoken, he did not tell him anything.
17 Now Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah. 18 And he said to the people of Israel, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ 19 But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’ Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.”
20 Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites was taken by lot; and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found. 22 So they inquired again of the Lord, “Is there a man still to come?” and the Lord said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 23 Then they ran and took him from there. And when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 24 And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”
25 Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his home. 26 Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched. 27 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.
Why Celebrate Easter each year? Well, one of the reasons is this Chapter of Samuel. We do not see the larger picture of our lives easily. We are like a small ant crawling along a stained glass. For a time everything is green. And we believe it will be green forever. Red - we are busy with children and all of the things moving at fast clip. Blue - we will all have these times.
God decided to live our existence. In God, His yes means yes and His word is Strong. It is our lives swinging like a pendulum. We Celebrate Again - Jesus is the Holiness. Jesus is the One to rely upon. Like Saul should have, we let Him decide.
2 Timothy 2:20
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.
Only Jesus has this figured out.
Saul was a bit like the famous actor who doesn't want the crowd to go home. He couldn't accept change. Couldn't be grateful.
Choice is an important part of life. The shooters of the Columbine High School were victims of brutal people themselves. Instead of doing the work to be grateful for each day, they instead became evil. Saul becomes someone completely different from the beginning.
Not only do we have the adventure of seeing the blessings of each day, we have the choice to not become what we are unaware of. Our choices each day matter.
It takes faith to believe what we do matters. We build our lives each day. God tells us in Scripture - the Creator of the whole universe - God and Father of All Things - believes you are important to Him.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
Father God, each day - guide us and lead us. Help us to be mindful of others - even the not particularly nice ones just passing through. Help us to treasure the people You've give us. Let us not accept what isn't right, just to please others. Let us have wisdom to speak up and kindness to be quiet. Each day let us have the right amount of Love to build this life as You'd have it done. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.