Established in the Ordinary – 1 Samuel 9:15-17, 10:1a

“Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel, ‘Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me.’ 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.’…Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, ‘Has not the LORD anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the LORD and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies.’” 1 Samuel 9:15-17, 10:1a

Saul wasn’t in pursuit of destiny here. He was simply trying to find lost donkeys belonging to his father. Yet it was this journey that brought him into Samuel’s path. God purposed it to bring Saul into the future He had planned for him. This was a key moment in the history of Israel—the moment a king would be chosen to rule over them for the first time. Saul was God’s choice, and God got him to the right place to bring all of this about.

God does the same in our lives. Whatever His purposes are for us, He uses our ordinary circumstances to bring us into them. Our responsibility is to delight ourselves in the Lord; to trust Him as He leads us; to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and to strive to obey and honor Him as we walk the path before us.

This takes so much weight off our shoulders. We don’t have to worry about “finding” the will of our God. We just need to draw near to Him and take Him at His Word that He will lead us perfectly. We complicate matters trying to figure it all out when all we need to do is be still and trust Him. He is God. He knows what He’s doing. And He knows how to accomplish His purposes for our lives. We just follow. Because we’re just sheep. He’s the Shepherd. Leading us by still waters. Restoring our soul. Leading us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

“From Yahweh the steps of a man are made firm, and in his way He delights” (Psalm 37:23, my brother’s translation). God delights in our way. He establishes our steps. He makes them firm as He leads us in broad places. God is not leading us down rocky terrain that could cause us to slip and fall. “For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness” (Psalm 26:3). We walk in His faithfulness as He delights in our way. We walk in His strength, filled with joy in His presence. Even as we walk through the most mundane of days. Let us rejoice that He is guiding our lives into His wonderful purposes, weaving our days into His beautiful tapestry of grace.

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