Poor Saul was scared and God and Samuel were not going to let him off the hook! Could you imagine being in his shoes? You would go from working for your father on the farm to being king in one day. That really would be daunting! What was his response? He hid among the supplies. We can't hide from God and neither could Saul; he was brought before Israel and declared their first king. One of the last verses in today's reading really stuck out at me because it is a good reminder that God gives us what we need through the church body. 1 Samuel 10:26 (NIV) says, "Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched."
I want to share two things I noticed in that verse. First, notice that Saul didn't go home alone after he was declared king. He went home accompanied by valiant men. The second thing is the fact that God had touched the hearts of the valiant men. Why is that so important? It is important because God made sure that Saul had the support he needed to fulfill his call. God didn't make him go home alone. Know this: God knows exactly what we really need and He will provide it for us right when we need it. We can trust that we are never alone when we are serving God. We are a part of a great family in Christ and we are to lift each other up. There is nothing like knowing that we have a group of people lifting us up before God's throne in prayer. Ephesians 4:16 (NIV) says, "From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." God gave us this body of believers to build each other up!
Do you turn to the support system God has given you to help you in your call?