My sister and I were talking the other day about a Bible Study she’s doing – Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer.
I asked her what the most impactful thing had been this week and she said it was the story of Kish. Gurls, I’d love to say that I knew immediately what she was talking about, but I confess I’d forgotten this story. For those of you who don’t remember, take a quick read through 1 Samuel 9,1-17
9 Kish was a wealthy man who belonged to the tribe of Benjamin. His father was Abiel, his grandfather was Zeror, his great-grandfather was Becorath, and his great-great-grandfather was Aphiah. 2 Kish had a son named Saul, who was better looking and more than a head taller than anyone else in all Israel.
3 Kish owned some donkeys, but they had run off. So he told Saul, “Take one of the servants and go look for the donkeys.”
4 Saul and the servant went through the hill country of Ephraim and the territory of Shalishah, but they could not find the donkeys. Then they went through the territories of Shaalim and Benjamin, but still there was no sign of the donkeys. 5 Finally they came to the territory where the clan of Zuph[a] lived. “Let’s go back home,” Saul told his servant. “If we don’t go back soon, my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and start worrying about us!”
6 “Wait!” the servant answered. “There’s a man of God who lives in a town near here. He’s amazing! Everything he says comes true. Let’s talk to him. Maybe he can tell us where to look.”
7 Saul said, “How can we talk to the prophet when I don’t have anything to give him? We don’t even have any bread left in our sacks. What can we give him?”
8 “I have a small piece of silver,” the servant answered. “We can give him that, and then he will tell us where to look for the donkeys.”
9-10 “Great!” Saul replied. “Let’s go to the man who can see visions!” He said this because in those days God would answer questions by giving visions to prophets.
Saul and his servant went to the town where the prophet lived. 11 As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to get water,[b] and the two men said to them, “We’re looking for the man who can see visions. Is he in town?”
12 “Yes, he is,” they replied. “He’s in town today because there’s going to be a sacrifice and a sacred meal at the place of worship. In fact, he’s just ahead of you. Hurry 13 and you should find him right inside the town gate. He’s on his way out to the place of worship to eat with the invited guests. They can’t start eating until he blesses the sacrifice. If you go now, you should find him.”
14 They went to the town, and just as they were going through the gate, Samuel was coming out on his way to the place of worship.
15 The day before Saul came, the Lord had told Samuel, 16 “I’ve seen how my people are suffering, and I’ve heard their call for help. About this time tomorrow I’ll send you a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who will rescue my people from the Philistines. I want you to pour olive oil[c] on his head to show that he will be their leader.”
17 Samuel looked at Saul, and the Lord told Samuel, “This is the man I told you about. He’s the one who will rule Israel.”
Saul was out looking for donkeys, probably the most boring job of the day. Did you catch verse 5? He was ready to give up and go home. They’d been everywhere and he was over it. He had NO IDEA that he was about to be named King of Israel. Talk about a plot twist!
I am a lot like Saul. I mean I WANT God’s direction, but I don’t always remember to sit and wait on it. I forget that my current everyday looking-for-donkeys-life might just be part of the plan. Priscilla Shirer puts it like this, “When you ask Him for direction, take into account the probability that your current activities and responsibilities are already part of the path that leads you toward His purposes.”
Gurls, let’s resolve to stay the path and not let impatience take us from our destiny. We may not be about to be named King of Israel, but God has blessings for us, too. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!