1 Samuel 10 tells the story of Samuel the seer, anointing the first King of Israel; Saul. The man tasked with leading the Israelites into life.
Samuel is given clear instructions from the Lord about how he will find this future King and when Samuel does find him he in turn gives Saul clear instructions about what would happen from this point onwards;
“After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, 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
As the emphasis suggests, it is this last verse which grabbed my interest.
A few verses later we arrive at the scene where the first King is set to be revealed in front of the people; tribes are called, clans come forward, families are chosen and finally Saul is highlighted in front of the people. No problems, apart from the fact that the first King of Israel is nowhere to be found. He finds out that it is hard to hide from the Lord and Saul is finally located hiding amongst the supplies – not the most illustrious start to his reign.
I’m not sure what exactly caused Saul to hide from this moment but I’m guessing fear and a lack of belief in his own abilities have got to be up there. It this fear and insecurity that follows him throughout his reign and these 2 thorns cause him to make some poor choices.
Insecurity is a failure to fully believe what God fully sees in us
I love Samuels instructions to Saul when he first informs him of his new job. He essentially tells him to get some prayer, be filled with the Spirit and after that his best foot forward will become a blessed foot forward. God would be with him, all he needed to do was to do something. God obviously believed in him and if Saul had realised this his Kingdom would have extended through the generation.
Today, those of us who follow Jesus sit in a similar position; we are anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit, we are entrusted with a Kingdom and unfortunately too many of us build a partnership with fear and insecurity and are still hiding in the supplies.
We have traded in wisdom for caution, humility for self deprecation, leadership for organisation and still feel like we are advancing His Kingdom. We tend to frown on anyone taking risks because of the fear of failure and we overvalue survival as a goal. This has resulted in a “Holy Inactivity” where we seem to be a people constantly in waiting for the next great move of God content that as long as we maintain our daily routine we will be rewarded.
The problem is; The next great move of God is within us; its beating in our chest waiting to get out. We don’t need to wait and see whether God would like us to go and pray for the sick, lead the lost to life, show compassion to the poor, change our cities, give our offerings or raise our dead; its a given!
Eventually God loses patience in Saul’s reign and a new man/boy comes forward. This boy, David, seems to exhibit few of Saul’s insecure and fearful traits. He is prepared to take on a giant and is indignant that this Giant thinks he could win, he takes risks and is prepared to go forward into the promise bestowed on him from the beginning.
Only one of these men is remembered as “a man after God’s own heart”
Taking a Blessed Foot Forward may not always feel like the safest option or the option that makes the most sense. Its a step that values success over sustainability and risk over responsibility but its a step that brings the Kingdom of heaven that bit closer.