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A Pleasant Set Up

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1 December 2023

A set-up generally has a negative connotation. In the culture of the wicked world, when a person is set up by another, the intention is to destroy the target of the set up. But there is an interesting set-up in the Bible that one can described as a pleasant set up.

God told Prophet Samuel that by this time tomorrow I will send a man to you and you will anoint him as the king in Israel. Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, ‘Tomorrow about this time, I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.” (1 Samuel 9:15-16) Samuel did not have to ask God how things will play out, he simply noted the divine direction.

What follow may sound funny but that is the miraculous ways the Heavenly Father does His marvelous works. The donkey of the father of Saul got lost. “And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.” (1 Samuel 9:3) Don’t ask me whether angel of God ‘donkeynap’ the donkey. The only information we have in the scripture was that it was lost. And Kish, the father of Saul delegated him to look for the lost donkey. The servant of Saul that went with him suggested that they should go and see the Seer, (another name for Prophet) to ask for the where about of the donkey and Saul son of Kish consented.

Eventually, Saul and his servant were led to the presence of Samuel the Prophet. “And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! This same shall reign over my people.” (1 Samuel 9:17) The moment Samuel the Prophet saw Saul, the word of God came to him, confirming that this was the Benjamite man He promised that He would send to him the previous day to be anointed as the King in Israel.

The Prophet now followed the commandment of God and anointed Saul the son of Kish the first king in Israel. “Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?” (1Samuel 10:1) When Saul, a man with relatively unknown background, the least in the tribe of Benjamin who acknowledged himself as nobody was in the womb, who can imagine that he would be the first king in Israel? He woke up in the morning on that day as an errand boy sent out to look for the lost donkey by his father. In the process of looking for the donkey, he was led to a man of God who anointed him as the king of Israel. What a pleasant set up! He slept that day as the anointed king in Israel, a powerful man appointed to oversee the affairs of a great nation of Israel.

Our journey on earth is not in any way different from the experience of Saul the son Kish. We only opened our eyes to behold the awesome glory of God when we were born. Before this time, when we were in our mother’s womb God had determined the purpose of our creation. As long as the breath of life is in us, and if we are in a right standing in the Lord, in an acceptable spiritual uprightness, we should no longer look at ourselves as an insignificant useless individual. At the appointed time of God, the purposes of our creation will be unfolded and made manifest in our lives for the glory of God.

Prayer: O Merciful Father, Set me up pleasantly for your glory and let the purpose of my creation be clearly defined. Endow me the grace to humbly yield and follow your divine directions as the purpose of my life become unfolded unto me for your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.


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