In this passage, Samuel anoints Saul as the king of Israel, gives him instructions, and sends him on his way. Samuel predicts that God will come on Saul in a powerful way and change him, in readiness to be king.
We do not know whether Saul had descended from a royal family and knew what it meant to be a king, but I suspect not.
On writing this devotion, I think on the story of a speaker at a Christian Women’s Club meeting. She took us back to her high school days. After the summer, she noticed a change in one of her classmates-someone who went from being hard to get along with to something quite different. The speaker was curious; she wanted to know what happened. The classmate said she had become a Christian. And so the speaker had asked what it meant. I suspect she learned a lot from the classmate, for she was speaking to us of her own transformation, one that took time and was still a work in progress, as we all are.
It reminds me of a poster image of a kitten barely hanging on to a tree branch with the message: Be patient, God’s not done with me.
God our Father, help us to listen to your teaching and follow you. Amen. — CRW