Joe Murphy, Retired Pastor
Weeks ago, I was asked to write this devotion and I said no as my health was not that good and my mind not clear. Later though, I read chapters 9-10, and then awhile after that I read chapters 11-12. I put my Bible down for the night, with no intention of writing and went to bed. About 3:30 AM I woke with so many spiritual principles running through my mind from this passage. So I felt the Lord telling me to write! The following are just a few principles that I feel we can and should apply to our daily lives.
In I Samuel 9:1 we read that a man named Kish had a son named Saul. Their donkeys were lost and Saul’s father sent him with a servant into the hills to find them. After much searching Saul wanted to “return” from searching. But his servant said, “Behold… in this city is a man of God…he can show us the way that we should go.” How important it is that when we encounter people who are discouraged by problems and don’t know which to go, that we, being servants of God, would come alongside them and send them in the right direction. To the unbeliever we can say, “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6). To the believer and follower of Christ we can say, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). And to both, Jesus said: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Just recently I had some serious problems that were weighing me down physically, emotionally and spiritually. I did as Scripture tells us and “I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). Praise God! He delivered me by using several fellow Christians to show me the way out of my problems and pointing me to my Savior for peace and comfort.
Another principle from this passage is found in God using lost donkeys so that Saul would have to leave his father and his home to be in another city, where unknown to him at the time, Samuel would “anoint him to be captain over my (God’s) people Israel”
(I Samuel 9:16). Sometimes God uses sorrow, loss and heartache so that we will be put in a different place where we can serve Him. Jeremiah 10:23 says “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
The last principle that I would like to apply to our lives today is that after God had chosen Saul to be their leader, some of the people said “…how can this man save us? And they despised him…” (I Sam 10:27). As a retired church pastor, I can relate to that! Knowing that God had chosen me, there were still some people who criticized, argued and despised me. To all God’s people I would say, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they must give an account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).
Now that’s enough writing and reading for today!!