OUSTED

| 26 April 2013 |

OUSTED

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: 1 Samuel 10:9-26

/Saul Made King/

9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all
these signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When they arrived at Gibeah, a
procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came upon him in
power, and he joined in their prophesying. 11 When all those who had
formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked
each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is
Saul also among the prophets?”

12 A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father?” So
it became a saying: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 After
Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place.

14 Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where have you
been?”

“Looking for the donkeys,” he said. “But when we saw they were
not to be found, we went to Samuel.”

15 Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.”

16 Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.”
But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.

17 Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah 18 and
said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I
brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of
Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.’ 19 But you have now
rejected your God, who saves you out of all your calamities and
distresses. And you have said, ‘No, set a king over us.’ So now
present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”

20 When Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, the tribe of
Benjamin was chosen. 21 Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin,
clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was chosen. Finally Saul son of Kish
was chosen. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22
So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”

And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.”

23 They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he
was a head taller than any of the others. 24 Samuel said to all the
people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one
like him among all the people.”

Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!”

25 Samuel explained to the people the regulations of the kingship. He
wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the Lord. Then
Samuel dismissed the people, each to his own home.

26 Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men
whose hearts God had touched. 27 But some troublemakers said, “How
can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no
gifts. But Saul kept silent.

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This passage illustrates one of the qualities about Almighty God that
I will never get my head around. Effectively, the nation was rejecting
God (again!). They didn’t want to be subject only to His Lordship,
but rather wanted to be like everyone else and have a king.

How would you and I respond? Put it in a modern day context and you
have employees calling for a new CEO; scholars calling for a new
headboy; students for a new chancellor; congregants calling for a new
pastor. In our society, one of two things happens: either the current
leader becomes so stubborn that they continue to dominate with an iron
fist and make life even more difficult for those they are leading, or
they resign, sulking, and disappear leaving the people to their own
devices. Rarely does a leader who is asked to step down offer to find
a suitable replacement because he cares so much for the people who are
ousting him.

This is what God does with Israel. Despite their rejection, He finds
them Saul to rule them and uses Samuel for a smooth transition. This
speaks to the kind of love that God has for you, regardless of the
choices you make.

A CALL TO ACTION

In the next few days you will see how badly things go for the nation.
There are so many “I told you so” moments coming. But right now –
know this. God is for you. God loves you /even/ when you reject Him.
And, you may be doing that in some areas of your life. Take some time
to think of a few areas where you may be ‘ousting’ God as Lord of
your life. Have you welcomed Him into your social life, but keep Him
out of your work life? Have you welcomed Him as Lord of your home but
not of your friendships or studies? If so, repent of that, and hand
over the keys to your /whole/ life to God.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Lord thank you that you care so much for me that in everything you
desire what is best for me, and know what that is. Forgive me for
ousting you in some areas. Forgive me for wanting to do my own things
at times. Thank you for looking out for me. Amen.

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