May 11 - God Is With Me in Times of Change

By Sylvia Stewart

Today's Scripture: I Sam 10:7

Central Thought: When God brings change into our lives, He accompanies that change with anointing.

    'The only person who likes change is a wet baby,” Mark Twain said. Yet change comes to all of us: jobs, houses, schools, and cities. It is unusual nowadays for families to be multi-generational in one city.

    Saul had been searching for his father's donkeys for many days. Exhausted, he decided to enquire about them from the prophet Samuel. However, Samuel heard from God about an entirely different matter: 'Anoint Saul king over Israel,” He said.

    In this passage, Saul experienced change. 'You will be changed into a different person,” God said through Samuel (I Samuel 10:6, NIV). God changed Saul's heart from a farming peasant's to a king's!

    Samuel prophesied signs for Saul (I Samuel 10, NIV):

  • To ease his mind, '… the donkeys … have been found” (verse 2).
  • To provide him with food: 'They will … offer you … bread” (verse 4).
  • To provide anointing for his new task: 'The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power” (verse 6).

    In one day God fulfilled all the signs He had given to Saul. Saul's new heart gave him a new outlook for his new assignment.

    When God brings change into our lives, we need not fear. He will provide for us

  • peace of mind,
  • provision for our physical needs,
  • anointing for our new assignments, and
  • a changed heart to fit our new duties.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, cover my family and me in our times of change.

Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 10:1-11:15; John 6:43-71; Psalm 107:1-43; Proverbs 15:1-3