Today’s passage sees the nation of Israel get a king. The people had been desiring a king to rule them for a while. God finally gives them what they were desiring in a man named Saul. God used Samuel to show the people who He had provided as king, and this passage shows us what it took to get him there.
There is one main thing that stands out from this passage.
Saul was given the Holy Spirit to empower his leadership.
God gave this new leader his blessing through the power of the Holy Spirit. This should be a good reminder to us, that we can do nothing apart from the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Do you feel yourself becoming self-reliant? Do you believe that your accomplishments are because of your own gifting’s or talent? We need to be aware that the gospel drives us away from self-reliance and towards deeper reliance on God through the Word and the Spirit.
So much of the frustration in our lives as Christ followers comes from attempting to rely on ourselves instead of on God. Fruitfulness comes when we humble ourselves before God, admit our need for God’s power, and step out in faith to live our lives for God’s glory.
By: Graham Withers