God Sends

1 Samuel 9:11-17

11As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?”

12“He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place. 13As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”

14They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place. 15Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16“About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.” 17When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

Introduction

Someone humorously expressed his view of God. When asked of prayer items he may wish others to pray for, he would give a few practical concerns like: health, safety and provision. He would conclude it and say: “That’s enough for now! It’s embarrassing to God. He’s got a lot of works to do!”

Have you ever felt that God is disturbed by trivial prayer items? Whenever we make decisions, how can we know that the Lord is involved or not? Does God not want to get involved in ordinary decisions like: “Choosing what food to eat on Thanksgiving Day, clothes to wear during snow, time to sleep or to wake up?”

Most often, we take trivial decisions for granted. Small decisions: Are they useful in our communion with God? What’s the Lord’s opinion about little things?

Interestingly, the Lord Jesus decreed in Luke 16:10, Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Actually, the English term “very little” is superlative in the original Greek manuscript. It’s properly interpreted as something to be the least of the smallest.

What can we learn from it? The Lord is very particular with little things as His basis to assess or evaluate our ability or capability to handle responsibilities. Do you agree that God paid attention to details of the smallest things He created! Truly, science has proven that bigger creations are composed of little creations.

Prophet Samuel exemplified faith by paying attention to details of God’s commands. The Lord instructed Samuel to grant the desire of the Israelites to have a king. Samuel did not travel around Israel to find the person he will anoint as king.  He didn’t decide on his own instinct. He waited on the Lord’s signal.

The Lord told Samuel the time He will send Benjamite. He arranged series of events to direct Saul to the place where Samuel will anoint him as king.

1. Direct

11As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?” 12“He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place. 13As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”

Can you agree that the young women were also God’s instruments to give direction to Saul and his servant? Observe how the young women answered.

Saul asked a simple question about the seer. The young women could have simply answered, “Yes!” and that’s all, nothing more, nothing less. Is it unusual for young women to tell everything they know without hesitation? There are many people who are gifted in giving information without hesitation.

In the case of the young women when they gave direction, they have no idea that Saul would be anointed as their king, after all. They simply told him everything they knew about the preparation of sacrifice. They explained what, when and where the seer can be found. They were very nice to Saul. Why?

Saul was tall and handsome, and the young women may have been impressed by his physical appearance. It is also possible that the young women were tasked to draw water needed for the sacrifice occasion and not just for their household necessities. They went to fetch water as their ordinary activity.

Ordinary activity, ordinary people, the Lord will use them to accomplish His purposes. Every single day, we have ordinary activities that God can easily use to glorify His name. We’ve only got to be prayerful. Anytime, miracles will occur.

Silver or Gold I Have None

At 3:00pm was usual prayer time in Jerusalem. Peter and John went to the temple to pray, and a lame man begged them for money. Peter said, “Silver or gold, I don’t have. I give you what I have.” In the name of Jesus Christ, he told him to walk. He reached out to him by the right hand, and helped him up.

It says in Acts 3:7-10, And instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

When Peter and John went to the temple to pray, it implies that they were intentional in their relationship with the Lord. They didn’t plan to evangelize but a miracle happened. Did Peter sense the power of the Holy Spirit when he helped the lame man? The Lord used an ordinary activity of praying for miracles!

All we have to do is to be intentional in our relationship with the Lord.

Keep praying that you may be able to discern when Christ makes miracles.

2. Discern

14They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place. 15Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16“About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.” 17When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

Samuel had discerned that Saul was the one to be anointed as king. The Lord said that He will send a man from Benjamin. Samuel did not bother to travel far. He just waited. God told him the time when a Benjamite will approach to him. Saul and his servant asked about the seer, and they were directed where to go.

Saul hasn’t arrived just yet but Samuel proceeded to the high place where sacrifice will be offered at the time God told him. He didn’t wait for Saul’s arrival. Why not wait first? It shows how Samuel believed that God has already sent the Benjamite to be anointed as king. Samuel desired to be on time for sacrifice.

Most often we pray for something but our action shows that we have no confidence that God would grant our prayer items at His right time. Our attitude is: “If it is God’s will, He will give. If it’s not God’s will, He won’t grant it!”

Ministry

Many believers aren’t very sure which ministry they wish to be involved in.

They would pray that God would reveal how He would like them to get involved. When told to participate in a ministry, they asked, “Who’s the leader? Who are involved?” And when they learn that the person they don’t like is in-charge or member in a particular ministry, they don’t want to participate. Right?

Most often, we prioritize hatred rather than obedience to the Lord. God may use people we don’t necessarily like to help us evaluate our priorities in life.

In James 1:6, When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Samuel didn’t wait to be informed that a man from Benjamin has arrived. He proceeded to the high place and he expected for the man to be anointed. Samuel did not like it when Israel asked for a king but chose to obey the Lord.

Possibly, the ministry we often resist is that which God prefers for us obey.

It says in 1 John 3:21-24, Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.  The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Christ’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit patiently waiting for us to be transformed into a person He would effectively use to glorify the Lord. The transformation process is slow because we resist the will of God for us. When the Lord refreshes those who need the Living Water, we will be refreshed if we are willing as instrument.

The Lord Jesus declared in John 7:38, Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Pray that the Lord uses you as His vessels of the Living Water and sends you to individuals He has already prepared to be refreshed by the Living Water.

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