Monday, February 20, 2012

God's Call to a Higher Life!

Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor. He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.
  Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, “Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys.” He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.

So begins our introduction to one of the future kings of God's people, the nation of Israel. One of the son's of an insignificant family which was from one of the smallest least significant tribe of the nation.

The story can be found in total by reading 1 Samuel chapters 9 & 10.

Saul is told on one ordinary morning that his father wanted him to select one of the family's servants and begin a search for some of the family's donkey's that had escaped during the night.

They began their search in their own neighborhood and then their own town. They found no signs to the donkeys so they traveled to the next county. County after county their search rolled into multiple days. Saul became concerned that his father would begin to worry about his son far more that the missing donkeys and suggested that they should turn back toward home.

The servant happened to remember that there was a “man of God” living in just the next town before them and that this man of God had been rumored to be able to tell people every detail of their lives and to find lost things and lost people.

Saul determined to try one last thing before turning back for home.

Here is where everything gets interesting.

The night before Saul and his servant arrived in the town, Samuel, the man of God, had been told by God that there would be a man coming the next day and Samuel was to anoint this man as the King of Israel.

I encourage yo to read the entire account. For now I want to focus on on specific application of this story.

Saul got up on that ordinary morning and was assigned an ordinary task. The ordinary task became burdensome due to the difficulty in completing his mission. The long days turned into fractured purposes. BUT. God had a greater purpose for this ordinary story.

So what about your ordinary day and your ordinary tasks? Would Saul have turned around had it not been for his servant companion?

I am telling you that there is a God who has a design and purpose far greater than you have yet discovered! Far greater than we can ask or imagine is what the scripture says our God has in store for those who love him!

Don't turn back to your ordinary day, your ordinary tasks and responsibilities or your ordinary life! Accept God's invitation to the greatest adventure of your life!

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