June 14, 2016
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 14 June 2016
The suggestion to seek Samuel's help would forever change the life of Saul (1 Sam 9:6-10). Donkeys were to be sought, but a kingdom would be found. The search for the prophet led Saul and his servant to some young women who were going “to draw water,” and who informed the two men that Samuel was in town for a special occasion (9:11-13). When Saul met Samuel as he “was coming out toward them to go up to the high place,” it is obvious that the meeting was not a chance encounter, but was ordained by God. “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov 16:9). “Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, how then can man understand his way?” (20:24). God’s providence extends to all humanity.
A day prior to Saul’s arrival, God spoke and “uncovered Samuel’s ear.” There was not to be any misunderstanding that Saul’s appointment as king was happenstance; it was entirely within the Lord’s providence. God may not always reveal his actions, as in 1 Samuel 9. You may find yourself just as unaware of God’s providence as Saul at this moment; in which case, you must simply continue the search for what is lost 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 merely to benefit 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 trifles demonstrates who you are in all things. Consequently, faithfulness in little things is not trifles because sometimes what seems insignificant can have ruinous effects (Song 2:15; Matt 6:22-23; Mark 7:20-23; Gal 5:9), and other times, 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, it is the account of one who uncovered buried treasure will seeking a virtual seashell. Moreover, this one was among “the smallest of the tribes of Israel,” and his family was “the least of all the tribe of Benjamin” (1 Sam 9:21). Saul was obviously perplexed by Samuel’s unexpected words (9:19-20). Samuel brought an unknown into the festival hall and seated him as guest of honor (9:22-24). “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Pet 5:6).
Your Capitol Missionary-Pastor,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.