1 Samuel 9:26-10:16
After the day of the feast with the leaders, Samuel was sending Saul back to his family. They sent Saul’s servant ahead and Samuel had a private conversation with Saul. First Samuel anointed Saul with oil. Until this point, anointing with oil was only for the priests. Samuel anointing Saul shows that Saul was set apart by God for a holy work not just a physical one. Then Samuel told Saul about 3 groups of people he would meet on the way home that would serve as signs of confirmation of God’s plan for his life. The first group he would encounter near the tomb of Rachel and they would tell him that the donkeys have been found but now his father is worried for him. Proceeding on, he will encounter a group that will give him 2 loaves of bread. And final he will encounter a group of prophets that will be prophesying. And when he encounters them the Spirit of the Lord will come on him and he will prophesy as well.
Saul left and verse 10:9 says that God gave him a new heart and all these things came to pass. He went on home and on the way he did prophecy. All who knew him were amazed. This was a sign for not only Saul but for those around him that he was a new man in God. When he went home his uncle questioned him about where he had been. Saul told him about going to ask Samuel about the donkeys and that Samuel had said they had been found. But he kept the rest to himself for now.
It is important to notice that God called Saul to lead his people but he also made sure he had what he needed to do it. It says “God gave him another heart.” God helped Saul be the man he needed to be to lead. God does the same for us. He never asks us to do something without giving us what we need to do it with!
Plan something to cook together. (Make sure you have everything!) Then have your child decide what they need to make it. Then provide it for them. Tell them that just like you made sure to have everything they needed, God does too! Make something fun together!