SUMMARY: King introduced
OVERVIEW: God confirms Saul’s new role with several signs, and the Holy Spirit comes upon him and changes his heart. The chapter ends with “scoundrels” who despised Saul.
BIG IDEA: Don’t be surprised by opposition.
KEY VERSE: 1 Samuel 10:9 (Saul had just been anointed king)
As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
When I call you, be confident that I am with you. It does not mean you won’t have opposition. Expect opposition. But more importantly, expect that I will provide all you need when you are opposed. Be encouraged: I am with you! You may be intimidated or frightened, but don’t think of all you have to do. Focus on taking the next step. That’s all. Be faithful to take the first one, and when you discover I am also with you in that place, take your next step.
Even though you can expect opposition, don’t disrespect them. Listen to those who oppose you—within reason—and show them respect. If they continue to mock or belittle you, ignore them. But always choose to love your opponents and leave any judgment or discipline to me. I hope that as they get to know you and see that you don’t automatically resist them, their hearts will soften. I love your opponents, too, and want them to surrender to me and follow me so I can love and equip and empower them to do great things in my kingdom.
God is leading you. Take your next step of faith. Pray by name for each person who opposes you. Pray a blessing on their life.