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April 29, 2014

THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 29 April 2014

“Now . . . the LORD [Yahweh] had revealed this to Samuel saying” (1 Sam 9:15). On the preceding day, the Lord God promised to lead Samuel to the man who be king of Israel, and it was revealed to him that Saul was to be king. There is not to be any misunderstanding that Saul’s selection as king was happenstance; it was entirely within the Lord’s providence. God may not always immediately reveal his actions. You may find yourself just as unaware of God’s providence as Saul was (at the moment) when God chose him to be king; in which case, you must simply continue the search for lost donkeys (1 Sam 9:1-14) or fulfill your current responsibility.

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much (Luke 16:10; cf. Matt 25:14-30).

Faithfulness is not dependent upon the amount or significance of what is entrusted, but on the sense of responsibility. There is not any distinction between great and small responsibilities. The value of an action is dependent solely upon the motivation, not its prominence. The only exception between faithfulness in little and faithfulness in much is whether your actions are done in obedience to God’s Word, or to merely pleasure yourself. Not only does this thought affect our understanding of sin, but also any act of obedience.

Perhaps faithfulness in the small actions of life is even greater than faithfulness in those events of seemingly great importance. Faithfulness in little is often preparation for a greater means in which to obey and to glorify God.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave, You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master' (Matt 25:21).

Your responsibility in seeming trifles demonstrates who you are in all things. Consequently, faithfulness in little things is not trifles because it is the little things that will result in ruin (Song 2:15; Matt 6:22-23; Mark 7:20-23; Gal 5:9), whereas genuine faith as a mustard seed may result in accomplishing the virtually impossible (Matt 17:20; 21:21; 1 Cor 13:2; cf. Matt 6:30; 8:26; 14:15; 16:8).

The irony of the account of 1 Samuel 9 is not that someone lost a valuable item and was unable to find it; rather, within this narrative account is the lesson of one who uncovered buried treasure will seeking a virtual seashell. God used a search for lost donkeys to introduce Saul to the prophet Samuel (1 Sam 9:1-14), who anointed him as king (10:1). The account is an ironic reminder that God may use an everyday errand to accomplish his will. The reason is both simple and profound as revealed by God:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isa 55:8-9).

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time (1 Pet 5:6).

Interim Bible Study

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the monthly (interim) Capitol Commission Bible Study
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