1 Samuel 10:17-27
After Samuel had anointed Saul and sent him home, he gathered the people together at Mizpah. Samuel reminded the people that God had saved them from Egypt and the other nations that have tried to oppress them. Samuel also reminds the people that insisting on a king is a form of rejecting God, but since they are determined they should present themselves before the Lord for a king to be chosen.
The Israelites first presented themselves by tribe. By some type of system called casting lots they chose the tribe of Benjamin. Casting lots is probably like drawing a name out of a hat or flipping a coin. A random way to choose something that the Israelites believed God was controlling the outcome of. (They were right as we are about to see!) Next the family of Matri was chosen from the tribe of Benjamin and, finally, Saul son of Kish was chosen. Obviously God was in control since the person Samuel had already been instructed to anoint was chosen!!
But when they went looking for Saul they couldn’t find him!! He was hiding among the equipment! Not because he was afraid but because he was shy and felt undeserving. Just the kind of heart God often chooses! When they found him and brought him out they found that Saul was not only handsome but a head taller than everyone else. Just the kind of person we would choose to be king. The people shouted “Long live the King” and Samuel described how a king of Israel should behave and wrote it down for future generations. Then everyone headed home.
A group of brave and good men followed Saul home after being led by God to do so. However some of the people did not follow the custom of the day and send presents to Saul. This was an act of rebellion but Saul chose to let it go for now.
As we see with the choosing of Saul, God is in charge of everything. He can make a random drawing go whatever way he wants. We need to trust that God is in control and rest assured that everything that happens will eventually be for our good!
Talk about how God is in charge of everything. Think of a time that seemed like a bad thing was happening but it turned out to be for your good. Share this personal testimony with your child. Hearing how God has move in your personal life will help strengthen your child’s faith and maybe renew your own!!