One day a family emergency arose in the house of Kish. Those of you who are pet owners understand the frustration when your dog gets out, roaming the neighborhood until you are able to get them back on a leash. According to the passage below, donkeys escaped from a back field and did not return. Similar to a household chore, Saul is requested to take a servant with him to corral these animals.
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had wandered off and were lost. Kish said to his son Saul, “Please take one of the servants with you and arise, go look for the donkeys.” 4 And they passed through the hill country of Ephraim and the land of Shalishah, but did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there and the land of the Benjamites, but they [still] did not find them, 1 Samuel 9:3-4.
From a human perspective, Saul was embarking on a minuscule task to help his family. Based upon the details provided by Samuel, this unsuccessful search went on for a couple of days. This quest just so happened to enable Saul to cross paths with a revered prophet. While Saul and his servant look for a couple of donkey, Samuel was searching for Israel’s first king. This unusual encounter illustrates how God works behind the scenes.
Now a day before Saul came, the Lord had informed Samuel [of this], saying, 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him as leader over My people Israel; and he will save My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked upon [the distress of] My people, because their cry [for help] has come to Me.” 17 When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “There is the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall rule over My people [as their king],” 1 Samuel 9:15-17.
Tonight you may have to work. Others may be forced to go to school tomorrow morning. Over the weekend, you will likely have to fix something, start a project or work on something around the house. These mundane exercises often bring about boredom, a waste of time to many Americans and individuals throughout the world. Yet, just as Samuel was secretly searching for a king, God is behind the scenes waiting for the next person who is willing to stand in the gap, by awakening their faith, Ezekiel 22:30.
by Jay Mankus