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May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. (Psalm 19:14, MSG)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Donkey Hunting (1 Samuel 7-9)

Today's post comes from Connie Peters.

When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us.” But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.” I Samuel 9:5-6

The Israelites enjoyed a great revival under the priesthood of Samuel. For a time they served the Lord and enjoyed the blessings of prosperity and victory over their enemies, but once again became rebellious.

Compounding the problem, Samuel was up in years and his sons were dishonest. The Israelites
became fed up with the priesthood and demanded to have a king like other nations. They had a legitimate problem, but they wanted to solve it their way.

When Samuel became upset at their decision, God told him they had not rejected Samuel but they had rejected God. Samuel warned the people what life with a king would be like. Their land, their children, their freedom would not be their own. Yet the Israelites persisted.

God gave them what they wanted. He chose a tall, handsome, young man named Saul to be their king. One day God’s pick, unaware of the divine calling on his life, lost some donkeys. After wandering the
countryside he told his companions that his father would forget about donkeys and worry about them. His servant advised him to stop and ask the man of God. Not only did Samuel reassure Saul that the donkeys had been found, he anointed him as king. (I Samuel 10:1).

I can relate to Saul wandering around after his donkeys, his focus on the mundane, disconnected from God’s bigger plans. It’s kind of like Martha in Jesus’ time. Martha was very busy preparing the meal while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Jesus commended Mary for choosing the better pursuit (Luke 10:38-42).

In the cases of the Israelites’ problem of desiring a king and Saul’s problem of
the lost donkeys, I’m reminded of the same truth. It’s important to seek and obey God. Seek his direction. Seek his solutions—before life gets overwhelming. And like the mother of Jesus once said, “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5)

Determine to seek God’s will and do things His way. He knows the answers to your problems. And
He knows how the seemingly little stuff of your daily routine fits into His big picture.

Verses to meditate on:

Matthew 6:25-34, Matthew 7:7-12, Isaiah 55, Ephesians 3:14-21

Connie L. Peters has 30 years of experience in writing poetry, adult and children’s fiction and inspirational non-fiction. Currently she writes devotions for The Presidential Prayer Team and The Pagosa Sun. She also writes a poem a day on Connie’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Focus on the Family, Bible Advocate and The Quiet Hour. She has served on the board of Southwest Christian Writers Association for the past 20 years. Connie lives in Cortez, CO where she and her husband host two adults with developmental disabilities. The Peterses have two grown children who live in Arizona.

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