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Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.

1 SAMUEL 10:22

If you want to experience something you’ve never done, you must do something you’ve never done. In his book Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing His Will, Henry Blackaby writes, “You cannot go with God and stay where you are.”24

God often has to radically change us if we are going to fulfill His purposes in our lives. For example, Saul was about to be anointed by Samuel as the first king of Israel. Samuel said to Saul, “The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person” (1 Samuel 10:6). Up to this point, Saul had never prophesied or led a group of people. He had also never had to be accountable to a prophet and to God for his every action.

Right away Saul took a big step of faith and prophesied with the prophets just as Samuel said he would. How exciting that must have been. Yet when Samuel called the entire nation of Israel together to announce Saul as Israel’s first king in history, Saul was nowhere to be found. When they called Saul’s name, he didn’t come forward. So the people “inquired further of the LORD, ‘Has the man come here yet?’ And the LORD said, ‘Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage’” (1 Samuel 10:22). Saul was so afraid that the Lord couldn’t use him that he hid among luggage—but God did use him.

Saul’s story reminds me of when God began moving me from a career in advertising to a new ministry to men and women in the workplace that involved writing and public speaking. Neither of these were my particular forté. Yet despite wanting to hide from the task, I was forced to do something I had never done. And because of my obedience to the task, the Lord has used me to reach many people for Him.

God continues to pick the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Your greatest setback may be thinking that there’s no way that God can use “little me.” However, the reality is that He can and will, if we respond obe-diently to the new places He takes us.

 

 

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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