18 Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”

19 “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20 As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and all your father’s family?”

21 Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?” 1 Sam 9:18-21

Israel was whining.  They wanted to be like all the other nations who had a King.  God was not King enough for them.  God gave in and gave them a King named Saul.  In typical kingdom fashion, Saul was picked from the least of the least.

God seems to always do that.  Scripture is full of unknowns who God uses.  It seems that he picks the common and the ordinary more than the people who are already leaders.  Ahh, the upside down kingdom.  I see God pick people like David (a shepherd), Moses (a murderer and slow of speech), Joseph (an ordinary Joe).  Even in Jesus we find the divine has humility, a family of common people, riding on a donkey, having the trade of a carpenter.

If God uses the weak and common to do extraordinary kingdom things, he will use us.  He is using us.

Thanks again for the reminder that you look to the heart and not to outward appearance.  It is exciting to see you use the simple of the world to move your kingdom.

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