1 Samuel 10:
6 The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.
As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.
21Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”  23They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others.
The spirit of the Lord will come upon you…and you will be changed into a different person.  If that was true for Saul, how much more true is it for us who have the Spirit of the Lord living within?

Do whatever your hand finds to do because God is with you.
So often, we struggle and fall into confusion as we strive to know what God wants us to do.  In Philippians 2, we read, “It is God who is at work in us to will and to do his good pleasure.”
What would happen if we trusted God within more and spent less time trying to figure out His will?


God is the one who changed Saul’s heart.  This wasn’t something that Saul could have done in the first place; if he could have, God would not get the glory.  “Do it yourself” is not really in God’s approach; that kind of thinking belongs in self help books.  We do need to yield and cooperate.  However, God does not call us to change ourselves:  He knows that real transformation is beyond our capability; that He is the One who does the work in us.


I marvel at this:  Saul has the spirit of the Lord; he has been changed.  Yet he hides when it is time to be publicly pronounced king of Israel.  Dude!  What’s with that!
What was Saul really hiding from?  His destiny?  Some commentaries call this humility on his part.  I don’t think so.  I think he panicked.


The truth is, we have been changed by God; yet we often hide.  How futile is that!  Samuel and the people simply inquired of the Lord and He pointed Saul out.  Hiding from God:  Waste o’ time and effort!
He knows where you are, how you’re doing and everything else, even the things you don’t know about yourself.

So, what would be different if we stopped hiding?  How would our lives change if we laid down all of the busy-ness, performance, pretense and isolation, until we are transparent and absolutely available to God?

What happens if we believe ourselves to be who God says we are?

How would the world be changed if we boldly walk into the destiny He has for us?

About lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

Posted on December 16, 2015, in Bible verses, essays, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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