1 Samuel 9 The People’s King

The people’s king—Saul a Benjaminite left to find his father’s donkeys.  But God had a bigger plan.  He led him straight to Samuel and he prepped Samuel to meet the 1st human King of Israel.  He was the perfect pick from man’s point of view.  Tall, Strong and Handsome.  He was a good kid that was concerned for his Father and his father’s stock.  He was a strong warrior and was not a male Diva.  But, he was not God.  That was the point.  The people of Israel were ready to trade their life of freedom following their heavenly father—for following a good man.  While that choice does not sound horrific on its face, it is horrific.  It is horrific because there simply is no good second choice other than following god.

In our lives, we often are faced with the challenge of choosing between God and Good.  They seem so close.  They are only a letter apart…BUT!!!!! That difference is the beginning of the end of close fellowship with the Lord. It always starts with a slight deviation but, then like a snowball, as it progresses it moves more quickly and grows more giant and out of control.  We are simply not capable of dabbling in idol worship.  When we begin to replace God, we quickly replace him completely.  We embrace things we once abhorred.  We overlook things we used to stand against.  No one wakes up one day and says I want to disassociate from God—it is a slow progression that requires great pain and change to reverse.  It is simply best and easiest to seek him and him only.  Simple, freeing and complete.

Do Not Replace God With ANYONE or ANYTHING!

God Bless You

9 There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else…14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”

17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

Our God the Loving Creator

Who is Like God? He is all knowing, all powerful and transcends time and space.  As the creator of the earth and all that lies within the universe he spoke Galaxies into existence.  He gave special consideration to stings of DNA to differentiate us from all other living creatures.  He made each of us unique by voice, sight, by personality and by will.  He knows us inside and out.  He truly loves and cares for us.  As the creator, he knows what makes us work best. He has advised us how to best operate in this environment.  He has even shown us through the Lord—how we should be different.

In everyday life, we deal with manufactured products all the time.  The labels tell us that the warranty is void if the product is not used according to the manufacturer’s specifications.  In our lives we need to operate according to our creator’s specifications.  He tells us to love and trust him and love others and treat them as he would.  If we would simply honor him and follow him we would see him do amazing things in our lives and in our land.  Joshua said it best—“Choose this day whom you will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” Joshua 24:15. Father, help me to live as you created me to live.

God Bless You

Genesis 14:19
and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
Genesis 14:22
But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,
Deuteronomy 32:6
Is this the way you repay the LORD, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?
Ecclesiastes 11:7
[ Remember Your Creator While Young ] Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
Ecclesiastes 12:1
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”—
Isaiah 27:11
When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.
Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
Isaiah 42:5
This is what God the LORD says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
Isaiah 43:15
I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.”

Romans 1:25
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
1 Peter 4:19
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good