Scripture says that Samuel anointed Saul to be the first King of Israel; there would be no question or doubt in Saul’s mind before the day was over that God had chose him to be king (1Samuel 10). The Prophet Samuel spoke to Saul of all that would occur to him that day, which God confirmed. It was spoken through the prophets, but confirmed by God. All that Samuel and the prophets said, was a confirmation of what God would do. Today we have people (prophets) speaking over people “Thus saith the Lord” things that neither glorify God, nor confirm His word or plans for that person. Some people have a unique way of knowing everything about a person, including their address and personal affairs. But, if you listen closely, God is not mentioned, nor his plans for that person revealed. You may ask, well if it wasn’t God, how could they know so much about the person? It is called a familiar spirit.
Saul was given a revelation and impartation from God. God was calling Saul into the kingship, not man. The Israelites wanted a man instead of God to rule over them. But, God chose the vessel, not man. No matter how weak and fearful the vessel is, God can work with that, God loves challenges, but he cannot work through disobedience.
1Samuel 10:9 says, “And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him (Saul) another heart;” What did Saul do? Scripture says he went back home, doing what he always did (1Sam. 10:14-16). Saul hid from his destiny, like so many of God’s people do (1Sam.10:21-22). God knew where Saul was hiding and He known’s exactly where you are physically and spiritually, and where you need to be. He will always give you the choice to follow Him or your personal pursuit. Your life reflects whom you serve God, or mammon.
Saul needed more than a change of heart. God would have to bring a change in Saul’s character. First, Saul would have to get over the fear of man, and gain a reverential fear of God (1Sam. 15:24). Having an understanding of God’s ways does not always lead to obeying Him. Only God can change our hearts, but we can change God’s plan for our life by the choices we make, Saul was a prime example of this. He never got over the fear of man. If Saul had feared God, the fear of man would have been over-come. Saul spent most of his life pursuing David instead of God. Why? Saul pursued David because he feared David. He fear David would reign in his stead. Instead of Saul allowing God to reign in his life, an evil spirit tormented him all his life. If he would have asked the Lord to release him from the fear of man and a tormented spirit things could have been different for Saul.
When we become born again, we have a new heart. Like Saul our heart has been change. That change should reflect in our lifestyle, attitude, desires, love, and passive for God and His Word. We should be following in our Savior’s footsteps so to say. However, acknowledging Christ as Savior, but not Lord brings very little change in our lives, especially in our character. Saul’s heart was changed, but he chose to continue to do what he wanted to do. There are many in the Body of Christ today who remains stagnant and unchanged in their character and behavior, like Saul they are unwilling to obey God, which brings change in our lives. Unfortunately also like Saul they follow the Lord half-heartedly instead of whole-heartedly, and their lives reflect the fruits of their disobediences.
The Lord will give you a new heart, but we have a choice to obey him or not. God found a man after his own heart, David. God is still looking for a person, whose heart is right toward Him, that he might show himself strong in their behalf.
2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”