1 Samuel 11:6 ESV “And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled.”
Wait a minute! What? The Spirit of God caused Saul to get ANGRY?
Could it be the same Spirit that caused Jesus to break out the whip at the Temple here causes Saul to get righteously indignant?
Heck yes! And then some.
Isn’t it peculiar how the sound of the people in lament would stir up some to action, but cause others to just join in on the wailing?
Upon hearing the news that the people of Jabesh-Gilead were about to surrender to the Ammonites. Saul was stirred to action. The people of Jabesh-Gilead upon surrender were about to have their eyes gouged out. This action would render them useless as soldiers, and as archers. It was a form of humiliation and utter disgrace. Why would a people submit themselves to this painful debilitating mutalation?
…They had NO HOPE!
Why would the enemy give them 7 days respite in order for them to find someone to help their cause?
…The Ammonite King allowed it because he believed they were helpless, and hopeless.
Had a plan, and a man.
You see, there is nothing worse than a leader who doesn’t act. How many of us have had supervisors who didn’t like confrontation so they let terrible employees run amok in the workplace. Ugh! That’s so frustrating!
How many of us want to spank those “Little Darlings” that terrorize their parents at the grocery store? And why does it bother us so? I believe it’s because they refuse to act when it’s absolutely evident to everyone else that it’s the proper thing to do.
But Saul was not yet tested, he may have been anointed before God, but he hadn’t been inaugurated before the people. They never had a King before, and he didn’t know know how to be one.
Something about the heart change that Saul experienced in the previous chapter transformed him from spectator to participant. Something about the anointing, something about the calling on his life. The same boy who was worried about finding his fathers donkeys was now concerned with the well being of a nation.
How did that happen? The verse says, …And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul… He came upon him mightily and his actions united 330,000 men to come to his side.
So what can we learn from this chapter?
1. Your TITLE means nothing without assuming the responsibilities it requires.
2. Your inadequacy might just be linked to your failure to act.
3. Righteous indignation isn’t the same as doing something for shock value.
4. People will follow a Spirit attentive leader.
5. God doesn’t NEED us to rout the enemy, He gives us front row seats.
Heavenly Father, we never want to go into battle without You, but at the same time we don’t like to sit back doing nothing. Help us to be content with plowing the fields until the time comes for us to act. We want to be so attentive to your call, that the things that break your heart also breaks ours. Give us the discernment to know when that time is. Enable us to act when others cower in fear, knowing the battle is not ours but Yours. Let our actions draw likeminded people to our sides, changing spectators into participants, and wailers into mighty men and women of valor. Love you – John