1 Samuel 9:23
”And Samuel said to the cook, ‘Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to you, “Set it apart.”‘”
The intersection where Samuel and Saul meet is a crossroad between two fascinating story lines. Saul, the son of a wealthy and loving father, was commissioned to search out three stray donkeys. As they wandered through the land, they were divinely directed to the land of Zuph where they encountered Samuel. Meanwhile, the day before, while Saul was seeking donkeys, Samuel’s day was interrupted by the voice of God. We read,
1 Samuel 9:15-16
“Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying, ‘Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel…'”
It is worth noting how Samuel responded to the word he heard from the Lord. Since a feast was being prepared, he went to the head chief and instructed him to set aside a choice cut of meat for a special guest that would be arriving. The only proof he had that this guest was coming was a promise he heard from God. Yet he prepared in advance for the promise to be fulfilled.
The confidence Samuel put in the promises of God serves as a great example for us. He acted in advance as evidence that he expected God’s word to be fulfilled. We should treat the Bible the same way. We should live with an expectation that God’s words will come to pass. When we pray for our friends to come to Christ, we should expect opportunities to arise to share with them. When we pray to be used by God, we should expect doors to open for ministry. When we pray for our relationships with others to improve, we should look for ways to love, forgive and express kindness.
Let’s read our Bible with expectancy.