It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish! (part I)

Anthony De La Garza —  February 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

man-on-the-starting-lineI know not all of us can boast on how their life began. I know my life didn’t start out so hot; I was born to an unwedded mother and my father was in prison.  Not a very good start to life 

(January 29, 1973)!

(January 29, 1973)!

There was a guy named Saul, in the Old Testament that I would like to discuss; he started out to be an awesome man of God, but he had a bad ending.

(I used to get this Saul mixed –up with the Saul (Paul) of the New Testament so I will call him King Saul)

King Saul ‘s story starts with the people of Israel asking the prophet of God (Samuel) to give them a king (1 Samuel 8:4-5) I guess the people of Israel saw how old Samuel was (about to kick-the-bucket),  how crooked his sons were, and they thought  to themselves, “hey, we need a plan!”  So many times in our lives we also reject God as the “King”; we think we can solve our problems through our own wisdom! Basically, God told Samuel to give them a King, but  warn them that by having a king they will be ruled over. (1 Samuel 8:9-18)

“Be careful what you wish for because it might come true?”-Unknown

God knew of his shortcomings, but God could see (king) Saul’s heart. God told Samuel, the day before their meeting, he would meet a man from the tribe of Benjamin, and he would bless him as king (1 Samuel 9:15-16).

On a side note, I was thinking about why (king) Saul was seeking the Man of God: He was seeking Samuel to ask about his lost donkeys (1 Samuel 9:4-6).  He was seeking donkeys and God not only found the donkeys; God made him king of Israel! LOL!   Are you seeking God’s best for your life or are you seeking “donkeys”? (Ephesian 3:19-21)

(King) Saul was a humble man,  even though he was the most handsome man in all of Israel; he could not believe God would choose him as king:   “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?” (1 Samuel 9:21)

Samuel didn’t care how inadequate (King) Saul felt; he knew God chose him to be king and you don’t question God! Samuel anointed (King) Saul with oil and blessed him as King of Israel! (1 Samuel 10:1) He told King Saul not only is God making him king, but He is also going to speak through him (like a prophet). (1 Samuel 10: 5-7)  Samuel said, “once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” (1Samuel 10:7)

I can’t believe what a great start King Saul had.  Not only did God make Saul king; God changed his heart to be a man focused on the things of God. (1 Samuel 10:6)  In my next blog, we will be taking a look at the end of King Saul kingdom and how it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!


Anthony De La Garza


This blog is to educate the reader to God's perfect will!

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