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1 Samuel 10:1-11:15

I am a person that goes to the core of things, the cause—the effects are just grass to be mowed down and managed, but the core is the key to the problem. No one just rolls out of bed one morning and commits a heinous act. Character flaws are clearly seen if one looks; but the root, the causal seed takes study. For me it is important to do self-study, if I make a misstep, a sin, I need to not just look at the sin but look at why I did what I did. What is it I believe about myself, about God about the problems I face and faced to take the action I took? Those are the types of questions I ask.

Jesus said,

The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45 AMP)

We speak in three ways, our words, sprit and our gestures (body language) and what I do and what I say, when lined up, make a powerful testimony of what I truly believe about myself, about God and about those around me. What does Saul really believe about himself, what does he believe about God and about the people who he will be serving as king; or is Saul thinking the people should be serving Him.

Maybe because I’m looking at the entire picture of Saul’s life, I am now looking at him in his entirety. He began with a BANG but ended with a whimper. The things that led to that whimper are in his character right now in these verses, in these chapters. I want to study them so I can take heed of what the Apostle Paul wrote in the tenth chapter of I Corinthians,

But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness. These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did. (1 Corinthians 10:5-6 NET.)

The Children of Israel are not the only ones who had a wilderness to go through. Everyone who comes to Christ has their own desert to cross, their own tests to take; what can I learn from Saul to help take me to the next level?

There was a time when Israel rejected God and replaced Him with man made gods,when the time for war came,God said"let your gods save you".Now we see God again being rejected yet this time,he gives Israel what they ask for...a king.To them,he looked the part...Handsome,tall and his father was a man of valour.Compared to Jesus who is said to have had nothing majestic about him...nothing to attract...came from the home of a poor carpenter.True,the things that are seen are temporal.Today we don't hear about Saul but we sing about Jesus...and we hear about David.Guess it would be good to see why as we read on.I wonder sometimes why God this time didn't get angry at Israel's rejection but shows love and protection.True His thoughts and ways are beyond our comprehesion(unless he chooses to reveal it to us).It is good to seek the will of God because even if we do get what we want,in the end we realise it wasn't worth it.
The link Mike provided showed something about Saul I never thought about...1)it was his servant not Saul who had the idea to seek out Samuel..2)Saul after being appointed in front of Israel,went back home to continue farming...
My conclusions...Saul didn't really have seeking God on his agenda...well that could have repercursions right?
God bless you all

Psalm 107:
23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.

28Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

For me this is yet another of David's prophetic points where he reveals the very Lordship of Jesus to us long before He walked on water and stilled the storms of the disciples - this for me is such an awesome revelation of Jesus' power in advance - yet even with presumably knowledge of this Psalm, the disciples still weren't overly convinced even after Jesus did indeed calm the storm. But as Mike also pointed out, we shouldn't wait until our own storms to praise Him for what He can do, but rather continue to praise Him for what He has already or is continuing to do in our lives. Storms are but a test of how well we've listened to what He's taught us thus far, and how much have we understood about His revelation to us of Who He is! There's a wealth of difference in knowing about Him to actually knowing Him personally. And sometimes He will use some pretty major storms in our lives to keep reminding us of that fact, and to push us into sticking closer to Him than ever. Blessings, Romayne

Reading Psalm 107 I was struck by the phrase, "his love endures forever." The word endure stood out so I looked it up in a dictionary. The definition is, to carry on despite hardships, to bear with tolerance, to suffer patiently without yielding. How luck I am that God loves me, "his love endures forever." When I make it hard for him to love me, he is tolerant and he loves me with all his patience and without yielding. WOW.

Jesus was not gentle when it came to making God's temple into a den of thieves. He overturned their tables and chased the livestock and vendors out of the Lord's house of prayer.

I need to keep the proverb in mind all the time.. a gentle answer turns away wrath.. I have times when my mouth runs away with me at full volumn only for me to regret my foolishness. Thank God for being patient with me.

Love y'all

It is so true that one of the best ways to truly know and love God is through prayer. Simple prayer. 5 minutes a day. Do you pray to God 5 minutes a day? When the storms of life come, do you cry out for help to Jesus? Do you know that he will always be there for you in the midst of the storm? ~ It is defenitly true that one of the besst ways to truly know and love God is through prayers. It makes me feel so close to God when I pray. When I talk to Him, ask Him things, praise Him, talk in tongues to Him. I'm still in a learning process to pray good. I have my prayers in the morning at home, I'm trying to get my schedule like that so I can join prayermeetings in the morning at church. In the morning I pray about 15 minutes, in the afternoon 30 minutes up till 45 minutes and in the evening 15 minutes again. That's what I do on a regular daily basis. Of course I have my quiet-times with God when I have specific things. Storms of life or just to thank Him for saving my life. I do believe that He is always there, no matter what.

If someone were to describe you, would they describe you as a "gentle" person? Would you want to be described as a gentle person? ~ Hmmm ... they probably would not describe me as a gentle person. I know I'm not gentle. I'm kind and have a big heart, but I don't think that's to describe as gentle. Jesus wasn't gentle all the time, He could be hard to the people that needed someone to stand up to them. Jesus was always right and had reasons to be hard to some people. He wasn't hard to punish people, but to open their eyes. He was never unreasonable.

I think we always have to follow Jesus in what He did and what He does. Jesus is how we are suppose to be.

Some passages that stood out:
1 Sam 10:6-7 "and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you."

Saul hiding among the baggage was very humorous!

John 6:44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him."

Ps. 107:1 "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." (I'm singing it!)

Prov. 15:1 "1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." --This for sure have I found to be true!!

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