One day he wakes up as Saul, son of Kish, in search of lost donkeys. The next, he wakes up as Saul, anointed first king of Israel, in search of the first king of Israel instruction manual.
Must have been an amazing and confusing time for everyone. I get the feeling that God was saying, “You asked for it. Here you go.” But, maybe that’s just what I would have said if I were God.
I found it amazing how Samuel gave Saul all these very specific instructions:
When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”
3 “Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.
5 “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, tambourines, flutes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.
8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”
And, this was all done without the use of cell phones. Did Samuel have all this arranged ahead of time? Or, did God just give Samuel these instructions right there on the spot, and then make them all happen just as Samuel said?
I prefer to believe the latter.
Lord, you ordain my steps. I wish to follow in the steps you have laid out for me today that you may be glorified.