Thursday, April 9

God-confidence

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8-10, 2 Corinthians 10

1 Samuel 10:20–24  So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the Lord, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot. 21 Then he brought each family of the tribe of Benjamin before the Lord, and the family of the Matrites was chosen. And finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! 22 So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” 

And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” 23 So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else. 

24 Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!” 

And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”

Observation

Saul wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence!

When Samuel says, “You and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes,” Saul responds by saying that he is from the least important family of the smallest tribe in Israel.  “I’m nobody,” he implies.  

Even after God had chosen him to be king, given him a new heart, placed His Spirit upon him, and fulfilled multiple detailed prophecies, Saul was still racked with doubt and uncertainty.  He was unwilling to tell even his own family what Samuel had said about him being king.  And—my favorite—when it was time to be presented to the nation and anointed as king, Saul was nowhere to be found!  He had disappeared.  They asked the Lord, “Where is he?” and God said, “He is hiding among the baggage.”  😂

The new king, who towered head and shoulders over everyone else, was hiding among the baggage.  That is a crisis of confidence!

Application

I can’t tell you how many times I have felt like Saul!  Inadequate for the task.  Not up to the job.  Maybe you have too.  When I would confide in Pastor Noel, he would remind me that God called me, equipped me and put me in this position.  “You are God’s choice, God’s man for this job.  Trust Him—He didn’t make a mistake.”  How I needed to hear that!  I was hiding in the baggage!

2 Corinthians 3:4–6 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Our competence and our confidence come from God, who has called us and made us competent.  What God calls us to, He equips us for!

Remember Who called you, Who equipped you, Who made you competent—and be confident in Him!

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder that our confidence is based in You.