I suppose I could have titled this blog “Amazing Grace Again,” but then that theme could go on and on and on and… So, here is the grace part right up front. In 1 Samuel 10, we get to see Gods grace at work in Saul. When I think of Saul, I typically think of a bitter king out to kill David. That is just the first thing that comes to my mind. However, in 1 Samuel we get to see a very different Saul. Saul before his wrongful sacrifice, Saul before his bitterness. The Word says Saul was a tall, good-looking young man. I can imagine his reputation. He was probably very popular. 1 Samuel also says Saul was the son of a man of power (Kish). To the world Saul was picture perfect. He had all the right things going for him. God understood that Israel needed a king they could get behind, so He picked an appealling person. But, Saul was not yet the man God needed him to be. God needed Saul to understand the Almighty God that was ordaining his position. God arranged a meeting between Samuel and Saul and had Samuel tell him the things that were going to happen. And here is the amazing grace part, God made Saul a new man. Check this out:
1 Samuel 10:9
So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.
God gave him another heart! Amazing. This verse echoes that of 2 Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
God is able to do wondrous works in us if we submit our will to His. I am certain that Saul had some second thoughts about all that Samuel had told him. It had to be a bit far fetched for Saul to see himself as a prophet. Saul trusted the word from Samuel, a man a God, and acted on faith. God always honors an act of faith in Him. In this case, God gave Saul the heart that he needed to lead Israel out of bondage from the Philistines. He wasn’t “a man after God’s own heart” as David would prove to be (more on this in a coming blog), but God gave him a new heart. The heart he need for the task ahead. God is always about redemptive work and restoration. Check this out:
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
I love to see how God’s character is woven so intricately throughout His Word. The witness we see in the old testament of God making Saul new is yet another pointer to the redemptive work that He can do in each of us through faith in Christ Jesus “to all and on all who believe.”
Lord, thank You for Your creative power in our lives. Thank You for taking the garbage that we create in our lives and washing it away by the blood of your Son and making us new. Thank You for a fresh anointing every day. Lord, grant us strength to leave behind yesterday’s anointing and look for and walk in today’s anointing and blessing.
In Jesus Name.