1 Samuel 9:11-25
Saul and his servant went into town to find the seer, Samuel, to ask about his lost donkeys. As they entered the town, they encountered a group of young women, who had been drawing water, and asked them if the seer was in town. The women told him that if he hurried he would catch up to the seer, who was on his way to a sacrificial feast that he had invited the town leaders to attend. So Saul and his servant continued on.
Now Samuel had been told by God the day before that about this time a man from the tribe of Benjamin would arrive and this was the man to be anointed as the commander of the people to save them from the Philistines. So when Saul arrives the Lord confirms to Samuel who this is and when Saul asks for directions to the seer Samuel begins giving instructions.
First, Samuel confirms to Saul that he is indeed the seer. Then he tells Saul to join him for the feast and tomorrow he will explain everything to him. Next, he tells Saul not to worry about the donkeys they have been found. And finally he basically tells Saul that Israel has been waiting for his guidance.
Saul asks why Samuel is telling him Israel has been waiting for him. Saul reminds Samuel that the tribe of Benjamin is the weakest and his father’s family is one of the weakest in the tribe. Saul basically feels like he is too insignificant to be chosen. But Samuel just continues on and takes Saul to the feast and seats him in the place of honor. Calling the cook, Samuel has Saul given a special portion saved just for him. The upper part of the thigh. This is a significant part because it was traditionally the priest’s portion. Samuel is indicating that Saul had been set apart for a special role as honored as a priest. Following his instructions, Saul ate with Samuel and the leaders.
Saul didn’t come to town to be made a leader. He came to find his donkeys! However God had another plan. We never know what is coming next but God has it all laid out. We may not feel like we are good enough for what He has planned for us But God knows what we can do even when we don’t. We need to trust His plan and be ready for His call. It just might come when you least expect it!
Plan a dinner where people can chose their portion. For example, pizza, fried chicken, etc. Also plan a dessert with choosable portions: Cookies, bowls of ice cream, etc. Then make a small slip of paper for each person and on one place “God chooses you.” Whoever draws the special piece gets to pick first. Remind them that God has good plans for them, we just don’t know when it may be our “turn”!