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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

April 5

Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel’s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?

1 Samuel 10:1-2

I like what Samuel says because there are times when we, too, lose our donkeys - when we feel very real burdens, tensions, and anxieties. And as He did to Saul, God says, “I want to help you with that.”

As a seer, Samuel is a type of the Holy Spirit, who searches out the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10). “You’ve come to the right place,” Samuel said. “But before I give you information about your lost donkeys, I want you to sit at the table with me.”

Saul could have said, “My dad is worried. I have a job to do. Thanks, but no thanks. I can’t take time to sit at the table.” But Saul didn’t do that. To his credit, he heard what the seer said, and sat down. I suggest that a practical picture is painted in this vignette. That is, like Saul, we’re worried about stuff that is ultimately not all that important. God will take care of it - but there’s a bigger calling, a grander picture. There’s a big plan for us. There’s a Divine design for our lives. Therefore, when you feel overwhelmed by problems and tensions, burdens and frustrations, slow down. Come to the Table. Come to Communion. Come and dine. Wait on the Lord. It’s not about your problem. It’s not about the donkeys. It’s about your being anointed as royalty to be used by God eternally.

If Saul had said, “Sorry, I don’t have time. I’ve got to get home,” I suggest he would never have been king. I wonder who of us has missed out because we were worried about our donkeys, failing to realize the Lord was simply using them to call us away to commune with Him. When you’re uptight or upset, come to the Lord’s Table and dine with Him. Go to the top of the house - get above the situation - and say, “Lord, what do You want to say to me?” As it was to Saul, His answer will most likely be different than you thought, and bigger than what you could imagine.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi. If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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