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  • 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25

Saul’s anointing as the king of Israel came quietly at first. When Samuel drew Saul aside, he instructed Saul to do as the occasion demands. Though prophesying the very words of God over the next king, Samuel did not have a play-by-play action to give Saul.

“And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you…But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said.” 1 Samuel 10:7, 16, NKJV

Saul’s choice the share with the people some of what Samuel shared yet holding back on the mention of his coming reign as king shows a humble side of Saul we don’t often hear about in our Bible stories. He chose to keep some back from the people, as it seemed appropriate for the occasion.

God calls us to share our lives and hearts with the world. Bringing the gospel means being real, humble, and vulnerable. But does it mean uncovering every bit of every thing? As another once wrote, don’t ask me to tell you my story, I’m just trying to get through the day here.

May we be sensitive to the Spirit, that we may know what each occasion demands. If the occasion demands transparency, may we be courageous. If the occasion demands demure humility, may we be self-controlled and honor the delicacy of the moment.

Do what the occasion demands. Do what the occasion demands.

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