Saul’s Power Source

Leah DiPascal

Day: 11 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 11

1 Samuel 11:15 (NIV)  

The last place you’d expect to find Israel’s first king is in a field following behind a few oxen. But in today’s reading that’s exactly where Saul was — completely unaware of some disturbing news that was storming his way.

Another king in the region of Saul’s kingdom had besieged the territory of Jabesh Gilead. This king was threatening to gouge out the right eye of every Israelite living there so messengers were sent to Saul looking for help. (1 Samuel 11:2-3) When Saul heard the disturbing news, Scripture says, “the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger” (1 Samuel 11:6b).

Saul was propelled into action and after a swift victory, the people turned to him with pride for their new king. But Saul redirected their focus towards their true Rescuer, “for this day the LORD has rescued Israel” (1 Samuel 11:13b).

Hold on. Was this the same Saul who days prior was hiding in a pile of baggage while the prophet Samuel was announcing him as king? (1 Samuel 10:22) He certainly went from being fearful of his responsibilities to being courageous and confident. What caused the sudden change?

Saul had already been chosen, anointed and publically confirmed as king over the nation of Israel. But it wasn’t until Saul was empowered by God’s Spirit that he was fully equipped to carry out this momentous assignment to his calling.

We first read about the Spirit of God in Genesis 1:2: “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

In the New Testament, Jesus was filled with, led by and empowered by the Spirit. (Luke 4:1, Luke 4:14, Luke 4:18-19) In fact, John 3:34 tells us that God gave Jesus the Spirit without any limit. And Jesus promised the Spirit would be given to all those who put their faith in Him. Not for a select amount of time or to carry out a specific purpose like those in the Old Testament. God’s Spirit would be deposited and permanently dwell within every believer. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

That’s right … and it gets better! God’s Spirit not only dwells in us, but also guides, teaches, comforts, equips, reminds, gifts, encourages, enlightens and empowers us. Will we be so brave today to ask God to fill every space within us and invite His Spirit to have access to every part of our lives? An increased filling without measure just like Jesus received? Friend, I want that … don’t you?

We may never face the kind of physical battle Saul did, but with God’s Spirit within us we are fully equipped to confront the spiritual battles and challenges we encounter each day. As God helps us gain victory let’s be sure to share our stories and tell others about the true Rescuer in our lives, Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit, to equip and empower me in accomplishing every assignment that comes with my calling. Fill me to overflowing, Lord. Saturate my soul with Your presence. Let Your Spirit thrive within me. When I lack clear direction, I can trust Your Spirit to guide me. When I am weary and discouraged, You are always there to comfort me. When my daily challenges seem like overwhelming battles, You give me the strength to press forward in faith. In every situation, You are my Rescuer. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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