Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15 (additional reading: Psalm 107:1-43 and Proverbs 15:1-3)

“Rome is not built in a day.” We all know it, but we don’t often live like it. Unknown to us, we have caught a modern disease known as “hurry sickness,” 

After Saul’s public coronation, he returned immediately to Gibeah – back to farming and tending livestock. Business was as back as usual after the highly publicized event of his selection. His job was unfashionable, his critics were merciless (1 Sam 10:27), and his supporters were dumbfounded.

Saul was not in a hurry to fulfil his destiny or people’s expectations. His destiny was Gilgal, but he was still in Gibeah. Samuel predicted greatness for him, but greatness had to wait; the old unfashionable job of farming could not.

Saul was not in a rush to assume the leadership and ruler of the nation. At this point, he was not even the head of his family or a leader in his clan (1 Sam 9:21). Further, meeting, eating, and socializing with officials (1 Sam 9:22) were not his cup of tea. Maturing is not an overnight process. It takes time, patience, and space. People crawl before they can walk, and they walk before they can run.

Patience is a virtue. As a servant of God, we must care more about God’s things than our own feelings. Depending on the Lord, His power and His timing are paramount. Don’t take your accomplishments and others’ criticism too personally or take things into your own hand. You cannot be who you are not. Act on what you believe. Say what is true. Do things for the greater good and not for the resulting glory.

Reflection

  • What have you been judging yourself harshly about that you simply need time to develop?
  • How can you still honour and serve God while you wait?

Prayer

Father, Thank You for changing us into the people You want us to be. Help us to recognize the seasons that are in our lives and to honour you wherever we may be. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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