Tuesday, July 23, 2013

No Time To Think

There are times when we are given an opportunity to make a decision and we can spend a lot of time in prayer.  Then there are times where our decisions need to be made quickly and we have little time to go to God in prayer.  But, then there are the times when God just thrusts something on us before we can react.  Have you ever had that happen?  There really wasn't a decision to be made because God said that was the way it was going to be and He then He spun the things into action before we could even protest.  Maybe you're volunteered on the spot to lead a project or you're asked without warning in front of a group of people to share your thoughts.  Does this resonate with you?  I think all of us have been pushed into a situation where we would have easily said no if given the opportunity, but no opportunity was given.  Saul was in a very similar situation.  He found himself in the presence of a great prophet who was giving him a place of honor for no apparent reason.  Yesterday, I left off in his story when Samuel asked him to stay behind for a moment while he gave him a word from God.  Please use the link and read 1 Samuel 10:1-9.

As I read these verses, I keep thinking of how perplexing and overwhelming this had to be to Saul!  Saul was innocently looking for lost donkeys and then was anointed to be the ruler over Israel.  Think of how crazy that all must have been!  Samuel then gave Saul some signs of what he would encounter on the way home that would give him confirmation of what just happened.  But the verse that amazes me the most is 1 Samuel 10:9 (NIV), "As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day."

Isn't that amazing!  God changed Saul's heart in that moment.  I want to camp on that thought because it is something to remember.  Saul had just been anointed when he turned to walk home and that is when his heart was changed.  We also receive an anointing from the Holy Spirit.  Titus 3:4-7 (NIV), "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."  What an amazing truth!  The Holy Spirit is the gift God gives us in order to do what we have been called to do; that is how our hearts are changed.  Remember, it is not by our own strength that we are able to fulfill our call, it is all God.  All our hope is in Him!  What God requires from us is our obedience.  Whether we have time to pray about our decisions or we are just thrust into situations, the Holy Spirit is what gives us what we need when the time comes.

Have you been thrust into something new?  Do you believe that God has equipped you through the Holy Spirit?

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