Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 8, 2015

“He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 10.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“17 Thereafter Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah;  18 and he said to the sons of Israel, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’  19 But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses;  yet you have said, ‘No, but set a king over us!’  Now therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.”

20 Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.  21 Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken.  And Saul the son of Kish was taken;  but when they looked for him, he could not be found.  22 Therefore they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”  So the Lord said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.”  23 So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.  24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen?  Surely there is no one like him among all the people.”  So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”

25 Then Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and placed it before the Lord.  And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house.  26 Saul also went to his house at Gibeah;  and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him.  27 But certain worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?”  And they despised him and did not bring him any present.  But he kept silent.”  1 Samuel 10:17-27.


There were things that happened in Israel, and things that happen for us today, that from time to time may make some wonder whether or not God is truly in control.

For examples, in today’s Scripture, we read puzzling things.  We read of Saul prophesying among the prophets (in the earlier part of the chapter that I did not quote).  We read the summary that the sons of Israel rejected God despite all the good that God did for them.  We read that God chose Saul to be their king.

We know that Saul later turned back from following God.  “Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands.  …”  1 Samuel 15.10-11.  See 1 Samuel 15:10-27 for the lengthier explanation.

What is happening?

Although God could immediately uproot the wicked, He works out His plans over His chosen time frame, not our chosen time frame.  We are reminded of the parable of the wheat and the tares.

“Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.  But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.  The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field?  How then does it have tares?’  And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’  The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’  But he *said, ‘No;  for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Allow both to grow together until the harvest;  and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up;  but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”  Matthew 13:24-30.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

Regarding these puzzling examples of the sons of Israel rejecting God and Saul their first king, we read later in Scripture a summary of how God did indeed work out His plans over His chosen time frame.  “Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.  After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’  From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus,”  Acts 13:21-23.

So, when puzzling things confront us, let us be steadfast, trusting God.  God is the One Who upholds our heart!

“6 For he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.

7 He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is upheld, he will not fear,
Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.”  Psalm 112:6-8.


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