I Samuel 9-10 — Where our strength comes from

And so we come to the story of King Saul.  It’s amazing to think about where he came from.  He came from a tribe that was nearly wiped out because of their sin (Judges 20-21).  As a result, they were the smallest tribe in Israel.  Saul himself, felt like a nobody.  So when Samuel told Saul about God’s plans for him, Saul replied,

But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me? (I Samuel 9:21)

But God is not put off by what others consider small or insignificant.  And so Samuel said to Saul,

6 The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you. (10:6-7)

How about you?  Do you feel small and insignificant.  Do you feel like God could never use you?  The same Spirit that came upon Saul has come upon you if you are a Christian.   And because of that, God is working in you and changing you even now.  All you have to do is cooperate with him, and do whatever he shows you.  And if you do that, God will be with you and will do great things through you.

Jesus told his disciples,

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

Just as God empowered Saul to do his work, just as God empowered Jesus’ disciples to do his work, he will empower you.  You don’t have to do God’s work in your own strength.  Our strength comes from him.  As the old children’s song says, “We are weak, but he is strong.” And he will use us to change our world.  All we have to do is say yes to him.  Will you?

Lord, I do feel weak so many times.  I feel like a nobody, and wonder why you would choose me.  But Lord, send your Holy Spirit upon me and fill me as you did Saul and the disciples.  Help me to make an impact on my world.  Apart from you, I can do nothing.  With you, I can do all things.  Help me to truly believe that, and see you work in my life.  In Jesus name, amen.




About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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