Let It Go! – Part 1
“Samuel said to all the people, ‘Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.'” (1 Samuel 10:24 NIV)
Saul was the first king of Israel, anointed by the prophet Samuel when God condescended to grant the people’s desire for an earthly king. Though King Saul shipwrecked his faith at the end of his life, he started out as God’s anointed and there is an important lesson we can learn from his early life—we can learn to “let it go”!
Samuel was introducing King Saul to the people, saying, “Do you see the man God has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.” And Samuel went on to explain to the people the rights and duties of kingship. The people then shouted, “Long live the king!” But a funny thing happened. Because Saul had come seemingly out of nowhere, and because he was the first king, there were some scoundrels who said, “How can this fellow save us?” In other words, they said, “Where does this guy come from, wanting to be king?” And the Bible says that they despised him and brought him no gifts.
So God had anointed someone to do something, God had laid his hand on him, the prophet had confirmed it with authority, and yet there were people who despised him. That means that no matter what God does to bless you or to send you out to do something for the kingdom, and no matter how God is working in and through you, there will always be people who will try to tear you down, who will criticize you and talk behind your back, who will have a bad attitude, who will discount what God is doing, who will downplay what the Lord is saying to you, and who will say, in essence, “Who died and made you king? You’re not all that!”
What do you think Saul’s response was? The Scripture says, “But Saul kept silent.” What a great lesson! We have to know whom to listen to and whom to ignore.
To be continued…
Read 1 Samuel 10:17-24.