A Quarter of a Shekel
My random chapter for today was I Samuel 9. I already posted one verse that jumped out at me about taking a pause to hear the Word that God has for you in your life. But I have continued to read the chapter on the computer and ponder over it all morning. There are all kinds of devotionals I write in my head as I read this one chapter.
The first one that came to mind very early this morning about 6:30 when I read it from the Bible was about things being lost and the time coming to stop worrying about what was lost that was once important to you in the past but to look to what God has for you for the here and now and for your future. But didn't do that one.
Then there was the one about wealthy people can be good Godly people.
Then there was the one about respect for the man of God being something that should always be practiced.
And finally, there was this just now.... the servant.
Whatever small task you do in service to someone can lead to great things. There was a servant with Saul looking for lost donkeys. We don't even know his name. But just think of his importance in this story.
Reading verses 5-10:
5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant , who was with him, “Come, let us go back, [k] lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.” 6 But he said to him, “Behold, there is [l] a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in honor; [m] all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go.” 7 Then Saul said to his servant, “But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?” 8 The servant answered Saul again, “Here, I have with me a quarter of a shekel of silver, and I will give it to the man of God to tell us our way.” 9 (Formerly in Israel, when a man [o] went to inquire of God, he said, “Come, let us go to the seer,” for today’s “prophet” was formerly called a seer.) 10 And Saul said to his servant, “Well said; come, let us go.” So they went to the city where the man of God was.
If not for the servant Saul might have never met Samuel. His quarter of a shekel helped change Saul's mind. The servant and his change helped to change history. So can you.