Scripture: 1 Samuel 10-11
24 And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”
The story of how Saul was chosen to be king of Israel is amazing. Saul was not looking to be king. Saul was from the smallest tribe of Israel. Saul appeared to be quite timid. Yet God chosen him to be king.
And… Saul stood head and shoulders above the rest of the people. Yes, Saul was physically taller than the rest, but this fact seems more to emphasize how God had chosen this one man to be the leader of the people.
Yet, it is a cautionary tale for this one man who stood out from the people became a person so twisted, so ordinary, because of his rebellion against God.
Those who God chooses are set apart for his work. But the chosen must always live a separated life, recognizing they have been set apart for God.
Heavenly Father, help me to live separated from sin and this world. May I always see my life as fulfilling your purpose. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.