1 Samuel 10:9-27

“As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.”  (vs 9)

The day before, Saul had been looking for donkeys and was at the point of giving up, so he went to see Samuel.  Less than 24 hours later, “God changed Saul’s heart…” and in doing so, Isreal would be changed forever.

I admit, I forget about Saul’s humble beginnings and his obedience to God through a willing and  pliable heart.  It seems we spend more time talking about the years Saul spent in pursuit of David, jealously trying to preserve his own throne and his lineage.  But in today’s passage we see just how dramatically someone can change in a matter of moments when God touches the heart.  Its also one of the powerful stories in scripture of God using some of the most unlikely characters to fulfill his purpose and continue the love story that is the Father reaching down to draw us near to him.

Aren’t we like Isreal?  Complaining that God isn’t doing enough, that we are different from the rest of the world, and please, God, come down here and do something about that!  So God does, even though it was not His perfect will for his people.  So today, my prayer is that God will change my heart—whatever needs to change, however that change needs to take place.  That’s pretty scary, but I just can’t seem to stop going back to verse 9, “…GOD changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.”

Maybe this praise hymn will help you pray this prayer today, as it does for me:

Change my heart, O God.  Make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

You are the Potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.

Change my heart, O God.  Make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

Anna Johnson