Have you ever found yourself in the middle of something that initially looked like a coincidence? However after a while, you
found out that it was a divine appointment?
Lets look at the summary of this account:
Saul was looking for his fathers asses He then decided to look for a prophet that would tell him where his asses were, however he did not know that all this was a set up for a divine appointment. What looked like a daily routine was actually a divine appointment not knowing he was going to get ordained as a King.
1 Samuel 9: 15 -
15 Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my
18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to
day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom
is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?
21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.
23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that
which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he
passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.
1 Samuel 10 : 1
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?
Very interesting!. As we all look across the journey of life, we can see that some coincidences are actually divine appointments.
Psalm 37: 23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
A few weeks ago, l was looking for a certain place. I went to the nearby train station in the area, asked around but nobody seemed to know where the place was. It was one of those streets that was not marked. Nobody knew where it was. I prayed and asked the Lord for help. A few minute later l met a courier delivery man and l thought to myself, ' he must sure know where this place is'. He did try and used his stat nav to help, only to send me in the opposite direction.
As l approached a major road, l thought to myself, it cannot be here. I then saw a young gentleman crossing the road on his phone. I asked for his help and he said that he knew where l was going. He then said that he was not in a hurry and will take me to the place totally in the opposite direction of where he was going. A very rare thing in London.
As we were approaching the place, he then found out that it was the wrong place we were heading too. He then decided to get the number of the place on his phone and called for the description. I had already tried that twice and the number did not come up on my own phone.
He then said he would take me to the place. As we were walking, l was thinking to myself, what a helpful young man. I asked if he was a Christian and he said that he had never been to church before. I was shocked. I then shared the gospel with him. He was very respective to the gospel. On arrival at where l was going, l handed him a booklet explaining salvation. He was very grateful and said ' l like the sound of that'. I thanked him, and blessed him.
So what am l saying here? If the only reason why lt took me almost one hour to find the place was to meet this young man and share the gospel with him, it was worth every second. Sometimes coincidences are divine appointments.
Time will fail to tell of many of such occurrences over the many years. We do need to be discerning, the Lord moves in our every day affairs. Sometimes what we think is a coincident is actually a divine appointment. Lets stop complaining when things don't go our way, and thank Him for His workings in our every day lives.
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Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson