You Have What It Takes

Wendy Pope

Day: 10 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 10

1 Samuel 10:1 (NIV) Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the LORD anointed you ruler over his inheritance?’

When God chooses you for a special assignment, what is your first response to Him?

Pick someone else, Lord, I’m not equipped. My past is too tainted. I have no credibility and limited resources. These were just a few of my favorite go-to responses I gave God when He called me to women’s ministry.

In our reading today we meet a man from the tribe of Benjamin whom God selected to be guardian of His special people: Saul. He was tall, regal and very handsome. (1 Samuel 9:1-2) By the world’s standard, he was a natural choice to be king of Israel. He even embraced the assignment during his personal anointing service with the prophet Samuel. However, when it was time for the big reveal to the nation, Saul was nowhere to be found. (1 Samuel 10:22b)

Sometimes the appointment of the assignment is easier than its completion. When our nerves set in and we want to hide behind the luggage, let’s remember a few things:

  • Remember your initial moment with God. Saul had a very memorable moment. There was no pomp and circumstance just God, Samuel and Saul. He was anointed with oil which was typically reserved only for priests.

  • Remember God’s confirmation to your calling. God confirmed His plan for Saul in three unique ways. You may not have been greeted by someone with two loaves of bread but I’m certain God confirmed His plans for you.

  • Remember God selected you for a reason, His reason. Jump out from behind the luggage and walk confidently in your calling. He has equipped you to carry it out.

The nation wanted a king. God surveyed the people and selected Saul for the job. The world needs someone to do the job God has called you do. It’s a special assignment. God surveyed the people and chose you. Embrace your assignment. It was designed just for you because you have what it takes. 

Prayer: Lord, I have new excitement about my calling. I have allowed my insecurities to squelch my enthusiasm. Today the flames have been fanned and I am fired up to embrace the role You have assigned to me. My confidence and competence comes from You. Thank You for choosing me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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1 Samuel 10 opens with Samuel anointing Saul with oil. Anointing oil is a concentrated mixture... Read More

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