Sometimes you find what you weren’t looking for.
There is a lot of attention paid to King David, but have you ever bothered to pay much attention to Israel’s first king? King Saul?
For the most part, Saul gets a bad rap. He isn’t Israel’s greatest king, that honor would fall to David. He isn’t Israel’s wisest king, that title belongs to King Solomon. He was, however, Israel’s first king. And the process to becoming king looked a little bit different than you may have taken the time to realize.
1 Samuel 9:3, “Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”
Saul and his family have lost their donkeys and his father tells him and a friend to go and find them. They search all over and are unable to find them, but then look what happens.
1 Samuel 9:15-20, “The Lord had revealed to Samuel:“Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me.” When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people.” Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, “Tell me where is the house of the seer?” Samuel answered Saul, “I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind. As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found.”
Shortly after this, Saul learns that he is to become the king. How strange though?
God brings Saul to Samuel’s doorstep by means of wayward donkeys. DONKEYS. Not only that, but Saul is a Benjaminite, the smallest of the twelve tribes of Israel. Saul himself humbly declared that his family was the least of all the families in the tribe of Benjamin, and still, God chose him. Saul’s lineage was curious, but his circumstances were even more noteworthy.
Saul is assigned to find the donkeys his family had lost. Seemingly ordinary circumstances of the day led Saul in the direction that God had carefully planned out for him. It wasn’t through anything glorious that Saul landed in the place God had prepared for him, it was through a problem. Saul had lost his donkeys and God used those lost donkeys to bring Saul into his destiny. God can use the assignment you care nothing for to bring you into immeasurably more. But this is only accomplished by His power and for His glory (Ephesians 3:20). If only Saul understood the whole His glory part, he may have avoided the reputation he has today.
There are some things God wants to do in your life, and the way that He puts you on the path to your destiny may seem ordinary. It may seem like you’re off trying to solve pointless problems or that you’re wasting your time doing something completely different than what you have dreamt and prayed for, it may even seem like a problem, but God’s plans for our lives won’t be thwarted by our disdain for the tasks in front of us.
Sometimes it’s the very thing we detest that God uses to put us on the path to our destiny. Sometimes it’s in the middle of what we see as ordinary that God likes to add a little extra. You don’t have to love every single thing you’re doing or be in love with this season. That annoying assignment, that obnoxiously ordinary task, could be exactly what God wants to use to bring you deeper into His will and plans for you life.
You can complain about the donkeys in your life or you can keep looking for them. You never know what you’ll find. You could be retrieving something that was lost, or you may find something you weren’t even looking for. God is the God of surprise, He likes giving good gifts to His children.
Just remember, it’s all about the Giver, not the gift. The Creator, not the created. For His glory, and not for our own. Keep looking, you never know what you’ll find.
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