Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Samuel presented Saul to the Israelites as their king. Then, he explained the rights and responsibilities of a king to them. Saul left the meeting and went home but he was not alone. He was accompanied by a group of men whose heart God had touched. Still yet, some people hated him. They brought him no gifts and said, “How can this fellow save us?” Saul saw the opposing forces and ignored them (1 Samuel 10:24-27).
God gave Saul an assignment and a support system. Saul did not ask for support but God knew he needed it, and subsequently provided. Scripture says, “…God knows our needs before we ask” (Matthew 6:8). Similarly, God gave you an assignment and a support system. If you are not seeing your support system, ask him to reveal them to you. He knows the character traits that are best suited to help you complete your assignment.
Some people will support our assignments while others will oppose. Even so, God desires that we treat those who oppose us with kindness (Luke 6: 27-28). Saul knew his rights and responsibilities and was convinced that “to be liked” was not among them. Hence, he was unperturbed by those who hated him.
God chose us to complete specific assignments and not “to be liked.” Scripture says, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). When we are confident of our tasks, we can focus on completing them while ignoring those who oppose us.
Oftentimes people’s expectations of us are limited by their perspective. Consequently, if we are not in frequent communication with God, we will be led astray. The naysayers queried how Saul could save them from the Philistines. But they were not looking at Saul from God’s perspective. God knew that Saul was powerless in his own strength, hence he empowered him (1 Samuel 10:9-10). Saul was a mortal walking around with the power of God.
Likewise, you are a human being, endowed with the Holy Spirit to carry out God’s assignment (2 Corinthians 1:22). God gave you the complete package; assignment, support system, and the Holy Spirit. I pray that this thought will guide your daily activities.