Posted: Tuesday, June 13
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Verse of the day:
“But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel." (Acts 9:15)
Each year, as schools close for the summer and another class of students graduate, we all begin to think about how God has a plan and purpose for every life. Each one of us have a vocation that God has uniquely shaped us for. Each one of us have passions, talents, gifts and biases that uniquely lead us in one direction or another. One of the most powerful elements of a graduation service is Hope.
If it has been a few years since your high school graduation, maybe you have had the chance to return to a reunion. It is pretty amazing to see the different people and where they are in life. Body changes, lifestyle changes and life situations have a way of showing themselves. I am sure that there are many surprises. I can hear the people saying how they never thought that person would land that job or that person would be where they were in life. We are poor predictors of the future.
So is the case with Saul. I am sure his friends growing up with him as he was trained by the Jewish elite never saw the change that would take place in his life. God had called him to take the message of the “Good News of King Jesus” to the gentiles and to Kings. As an enemy of the early church and a killer of Christians, Saul definitely did not fit the bill. No one saw this one coming. Well almost no one. Jesus saw it the whole way. He had a plan for Saul’s life.
Be careful how you look at other people. That friend who is so resistant to the gospel and the good news of Jesus may just be someone that God has big plans for. They could be the one that brings salvation to their families, workplaces, and/or schools. You never know the plan that God has on someone’s life, so before you write them off, you may want to check and see what God has written about them. He may just have chosen them for something greater that you can imagine.