Signs of Change

1 Samuel 10:1-7

1Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? 2When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’

3“Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. 4They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.

5“After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

911

Have you ever had dialed 911? A mother observed things in the home were disarranged. She asked and her daughter said that she did not clean their home. After her daughter left for school, the mother called 911 and reported a break-in. She suspected that somebody enter their apartment illegally.

Can you readily observe if someone rearrangement of your room? If someone cleans your room and rearranges your things, is it easy to appreciate?

Sinful lifestyle is like a messy room. When we repent, the Lord forgives us and cleanses us from impurities caused by sin. When we accepted Christ as our Lord, we should allow Him to rearrange our life to have a godly lifestyle. If the Lord has cleansed and rearranged your lifestyle, what changes had been made?

It says in 2 Timothy 1:9, He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.

Godly lifestyle, a holy life is God’s purpose for all who accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. Formerly, our lifestyle is to follow our personal dream. When we accepted Jesus as Lord, He changed our mindset. As Christians, we follow the God’s will and not our will. God’s will has become our personal goal and concern.

When Saul was called to be the first king of Israel, he did not worry about his personal concerns. Samuel said that they were taken care of.

1. Personal

1Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? 2When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’

After Samuel anointed Saul, he discerned that Saul was still concerned about the missing donkeys. So, he assured Saul the missing donkeys had been found. Samuel mentioned that Saul’s father was worrying about his son. Saul was the tallest man in Israel but his father worried about him, why?

Most often, parents knew very well their children more than other people. The father of Saul knew him well that he cannot accomplish his work alone. His father instructed him to take a servant with him when they went searching for the missing donkeys. They searched places they presumed where the donkeys may have wandered. They didn’t find the donkeys. Saul told his servant, “Let’s go home!” The servant insisted that they should ask the help of a prophet.

Saul was not competent in decision-making. Yet, God chose him as king.

Many times, we act like Saul? We are not firm in making decisions whether to live godly lifestyle or follow human desire. Yet, God called us for His purposes.

3“Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. 4They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.

Previously, Samuel told Saul that he will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb to assure him that the donkeys were found. Traditionally, it has been presumed that Jacob’s wife Rachel was buried in Bethlehem. It says in Genesis 35:19, So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

Bethlehem is located south of Jerusalem. And, Rachel’s tomb that Samuel pertained to may have been located few kilometers north of Jerusalem.

Anyway, Samuel told Saul that he will meet three men at the great tree of Tabor. He specifically said that they will offer him food that he should accept.

Saul and his servant had consumed all their food supply while searching for the donkeys. The servant’s silver was given to Samuel. When they returned home, they’ve got no food, no money, and the three men would offer them food. It illustrates that when the Lord calls us for His purposes, He sustains our needs.

It says in Romans 8:27-28, 27He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Call to Full-time Ministry

When I sense God’s calling for me to serve Him in full-time capacity, I was concerned about my family. I said, “Lord, You know we have two kids and barely provide for their needs.” I was reminded of Abraham when he sacrificed his son. I was challenged if I can sacrifice two kids. As if the Lord told me, “See! Abraham sacrificed one child and you sacrifice two.” How about that? God hit my pride!

The Lord knows our concerns. He provides for us. In case expectations turn out differently from what we expect to happen, we must trust that the Lord has better purpose for us. God is powerful. Expect the best from Him, by faith

2. Powerful

5“After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

Samuel told Saul that he will prophesy with a procession of prophets. Is it prophesying to sing praise with musical instruments when inspired by the Spirit?

Truly, when the Spirit of God prevails in us, we express our praise and gratitude to God, even for non-musicians. Like Saul, when we praise God with songs of praise, we prophesy God’s word. Worship songs using God’s word is prophesying His word. To prophesy is to predict, declare or preach God’s word.

Samuel told Saul that he will join the prophets in the procession after the Spirit of the Lord has powerfully changed him from introvert to outgoing person and he will sing praises to God with the prophets. Have you experienced that?

In His Time

Have you heard it when Nanay Leonor Francisco testified that while she was singing the song ‘In His Time’ during prayer meeting? Someone called just to inform the approval to purchase the current lot and building of this church.

Nanay Leonor may not have the voice, rhythm or musical expertise but for sure, God has spoken through her in the song she sang that night.

Likewise, Saul may have sung praise song to God together with prophets prophesying. They declared the promise of the Lord to save them from enemies.

See, prophecy can be situational for God to encourage His people.

Prophet Samuel told Saul, “Do whatever your hand finds to, for God is with you.” It should remind us that whatever we do, we do it for the glory of God.

Many believers would love to obey the Lord, but they have confusion of knowing the will of God. How can we know the will of God for us?

We need to be empowered by the Spirit of Christ. We let Christ reigns or rules in our heart, and He will certainly direct our steps. By faith, whatever we do or say, others may or may not agree, trust that the Lord guides us to His will.

And if we may make mistakes in our decisions, He will divert us to His will.

It says in Colossians 3:15-17, 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The peace of Christ is the fruit of the Spirit. There is thankfulness when we have His peace. There’s singing also in our hearts. Peace, thankfulness, and praise are practical signs that we are in the right direction of what God has called us to do.

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