The nation of Israel cried out for a king. I guess they wanted to be like other nations and have a king reign over them so they had Samuel bring their demand before the Lord. It first appears that God gave in to their ill-advised request, but of course God always has bigger and better plans.

A man named Saul the son of Kish was chosen to be their king. He was tall, good looking and probably more surprised than anyone else that God had chosen him to reign. I suppose that most people believed he was a decent choice for a king. Samuel anointed him with oil, pronounced him to be king and prophesied over him about certain upcoming events. Then this happened, “So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.”

This of course has made me wonder … why did Saul need another heart? As his life unfolds in the pages of the Bible it would appear that this man didn’t quite get it when it came to following after God. The Spirit of God had come upon him and he spoke on behalf of God. He truly experienced the presence of God in his life, and yet he fell so short of God’s call and expectations. Ultimately Saul did not have a heart to follow after God so maybe God will find someone.

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