ANOINTED AND EQUIPPED
Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his (Saul’s) head and kissed him and said, “Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies…When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him (Saul), and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them. 1 Samuel 10:1,10
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. 1 Samuel 16:13
God gives Samuel the job of anointing the first two Kings of Israel, Saul and David. In each instance, we find both God and man present. As a symbolic gesture, God chooses the prophet to anoint these future kings with oil, and then God himself reaches down and anoints both Saul and David with the Holy Spirit.
Before anything else–before giving these leaders specific orders, or sending men to help them govern, or proclaiming the news to all of Israel—God equips them. He sends them the Spirit, enabling them to step boldly into their destiny and begin the work God calls them to do.
Most of us will not receive the call to rule over nations. Our call may seem unimportant by comparison, but what appears seemingly small to us, holds great value in God’s eyes. He calls us to faithfulness in our everyday, offering us opportunities to live this out in our profession, our family, our church, and our community.
Sometimes the call He places on our lives feels impossible–to love the unlovely, to stay rather than go, to commit to excellence rather than coast. But, we see from Saul and David’s example, God will equip us. He will anoint us with the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill the plans he has for our lives.
Consider God’s call on your life. Where has he asked you to remain faithful? How is the Holy Spirit equipping you to fulfill this today?
Holy Spirit, equip me with your wisdom and power. Help me grow in your fruit as I live out the call of God on my life. Anoint me, so that I might serve you faithfully in all of my roles, responsibilities, and relationships today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.