1 Samuel 11
Sometime after Saul had been chosen to be king, Nahash the Ammonite came up against the people of Jabesh Gilead. The people of Jabesh said they were willing to make a covenant (or treaty) with Nahash. Nahash answered that he would make a treaty if he could put out the right eye of everyone thus embarrassing Israel. The elders of Jebesh asked for 7 days to seek help and Nahash agreed.
So the elders sent out messengers to Israel and when they got to Gibeah, Saul heard the news. Immediately he was filled with the Spirit of God and became angry at Nahash. Saul sent out his own messengers to Israel telling them that anyone who did not come help him and Samuel defend Jabesh Gilead would be punished. When the people received his message they were stirred by the fear (or respect) of God and they came out to fight.
The men gathered at Bezek and there were 30,000 from the tribe of Judah and 300,000 from the other tribes together. Saul sent word to Jebesh that help would be there tomorrow! So the people of Jebesh told Nahash that they would come out to him tomorrow.
The next day, Saul had divided his army into 3 parts and they fought Nahash and his Ammonites until there weren’t even 2 left together to fight! The men of the army were so proud of Saul they said they should find and kill those who had doubted him as king. But Saul said that none should die on a day that they should be honoring the Lord for granting them victory. Then Samuel said they should go to Gilgal and renew the Kingdom. They went to Gilgal and made sacrifices to thank the Lord for victory and commit themselves to following the leader God chose, Saul. Then they all rejoiced greatly or, as we would say, had a party!!
When some of Israel was threatened, Saul followed God and protected the people God had entrusted to his care. He also gave praise where it was due. God had given them victory so Saul praised God. We need to remember that when we accomplish things it is because God gave us the gifts to do them and worked things in our favor. Give praise where it is due!
Make a list of things God has helped your family accomplish in the last year. Plan a party to praise and thank Him!