I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up”. Jesse Jackson
Saul was the first anointed king of Israel. Can you just imagine for a second the full impact of that statement? Israel had never had a king. Saul was like:
Saul was the first anointed king of Israel. All of the people gathered anxiously awaiting God’s chosen king. The energy was high and so were the expectations. Although Samuel had previously anointed Saul (see 1 Samuel 10) nobody was aware that Saul was the chosen heir, except for Samuel and Saul.
As the people came to gather, can you imagine the younger boys in the crowd? This was a day like none other. On this day, many boys began a new dream. Maybe before this day, they played with sticks, pretending they were holding swords as they believed one day they would be a mighty warrior. Maybe they retold the stories of their ancestors crossing the Red Sea in hopes to one day be the next Moses. Maybe these boys simply wanted to take-on their father’s role and carry on the family business. Truthfully, we don’t know the dreams of the children in the crowd that day, but we do know they were present. Except on this day, some little boys began a new dream to one day become the next king.
But Saul appears before the people in a way that filled many hearts with doubt, rather than confidence. Do you remember Saul’s first public introduction to all of Israel?
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, “[i]Long live the king!” (1 Samuel 10:20-24 NASB)
Yes, you read that right.
When that glorious moment came for Saul to be publicly recognized as King, he was found hiding in the baggage.
This is after Saul saw God had chosen him amongst the entire population of Israel.
Saul, the same man who would later almost kill his own son in response to an oath and who later attempted to kill David multiple times, was found hiding in the baggage.
Saul had a very humble start, just like us. Over time, Saul forgot how God chose him.
He forgot how God had rescued him amongst the baggage.
We forget too.
Don’t forget your beginning.
Sometimes I think I get so busy.
Honestly, I can be weighed down by the pressure I place on myself to continually move forward.
Sometimes, I find myself at the goal I thought I wanted to achieve only to find so many missed God opportunities along the way.
Sometimes I forget how God chose me, a once soft-spoken, very insecure, completely filled with shame and self-hatred.
I forget how incredibly lost I was and how inevitably not in control I still am on this adventure. Sometimes, I just forget too.
Thriving is remembering who God is and our absolute dependence on Him.
Thriving is fully knowing this life has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Him.
Thriving is trusting in Him so much that we can be completely known, fully accepted and always loved by Him.
Thriving is remembering that He found us amongst the baggage and still anointed us with His Holy Spirit anyway. (Yea, honestly, I still wrestle with that!).
Walking in humility begins when you remember Who first chose to lift your head.
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Who has displayed humility to you in your life?
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!