“So they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”
1 Samuel 10:22
Saul, a young man from the tribe of Benjamin, had been chosen by God to be the King of Israel. Samuel had already told Saul, and here had gathered the people to reveal God’s plan. As the prophet separated out first the tribe, then Saul’s clan, it became more clear who would be annointed. But where was he?
It might seem strange that Saul hid himself that day. After all, it says earlier in verses 9 and 10 that God changed Saul’s heart, and led him to join in prophesying while on his way home. But, when questioned by his uncle, Saul left out the part about being chosen as the King, and of course, later tried to disappear among the bins and basins.
The first time I read this account, I was surprised, even a little disappointed in Saul’s decision. God gave him such an exciting opportunity – why didn’t he embrace it? But honestly, I’ve done the same thing.
No, I’ve never been chosen to rule over anybody. But how many times have I avoided or outright run away from things God has called me to do? How many times have I let low self esteem, fear, or second guessing keep me quiet about sharing what God is doing in and around me?
I have more compassion for Saul’s uncertainty now. But in this case, I don’t want to follow his example. As my levels of faith and trust grow, I pray I’ll hesitate less and step forward more when God chooses me.
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