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Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

‘He is hiding among the baggage.’ 1 Samuel 10:22 NLT

When Samuel went to present Israel’s first king to the people, Saul was discovered hiding among the baggage. The Hebrew word for baggage symbolises the self-imposed limitations that hinder you from tackling the job God appointed you to do. Things like these:

1) Feelings of inadequacy. Saul’s first response when he learned he had been chosen as king was, ‘Am I not…from the smallest tribe of Israel, … the least of all?’ (1 Samuel 9:21 NIV). When you fail to figure God into the equation, you will always feel less than. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses and inabilities, concentrate on ‘the incredible greatness of God’s power’ (Ephesians 1:19 NLT).

2) Fear of what others might think. Proverbs tells us, ‘fearing people is a dangerous trap’ (Proverbs 29:25 NLT). And Saul fell into it headfirst! When Samuel confronted him for failing to destroy the Amalekites, he replied, ‘I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded’ (1 Samuel 15:24 NLT). God’s Word assures us, ‘”I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”’ (Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV). Once you take hold of that truth and act on it, you will find there is nothing to be afraid of.

3) Being overly practical. The Bible says, ‘A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways’ (James 1:8 KJV). And Saul fit the bill to a tee! When he didn’t hear from God, he took matters into his own hands and consulted a psychic. And after promising not to harm David, he repeatedly hunted him down. Adaptability is commendable, but God requires consistency and commitment.

SoulFood: Lam 3:40 – 5:22 Mark 9:30-37 Ps 84 Pro 19:11

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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