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.” (1 Samuel 9:17)
“We want a king, just like our neighbours!” the people demanded, so God let them have it.
In letting them have it, that was not to say God would not be mindful about the selection He made for them. the people wanted someone who would deliver them and God selected someone who would meet that criteria too, also God was clear that the responsibility of the king would be to keep the people in order.
The introduction to Saul proved to be an interesting one where Samuel was concerned. Samuel comes across this tall and handsome man. the scripture really highlights how this man, like the hair shampoo, stood head and shoulders above the rest. This man was outstanding in the physical way that would make it clear to anyone that he looks like a king.
What’s also clear with this guy is that he’s not particularly arrogant. he’s able to take advice from his young servant with him about seeking a man of God to help with the donkey search, even to the point of accepting what the young man has to offer to give to the man of God. Saul is also not particularly forceful when it comes to his encounter with Samuel. He is a rich man, but when he receives the greeting from Samuel he’s quick to be like other reluctant men chosen by God and point out they are from the smallest tribe and a small family and not really worthy of being ascribed with such honour.
He may have the physical features that some relate to kingship, but he doesn’t carry himself that way. It’s not as though other observers would have made the link between the two and said ‘ah ha that’s the new king then!’ As will be shown elsewhere, God takes care and time in selecting the men He wants to take on certain tasks, but it’s for those who are called to do the selecting to be sensitive to God’s pointing when it comes to assigning for tasks.
Would we be ready for the appointment of God for tasks he has for us? Would be in the place to receive it, even if out business was doing something else? Do we have the character to hear it and hear others as they lead us in the right direction?
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden