Set Aside

I have been reading the Old Testament again. I love the stories. I just wish I could remember half of them. Too many to recall for this simple-minded pastor. I have been reading 1 Samuel. In the story where Samuel anoints Saul as king there is a great Scripture:

So the cook took up the thigh with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion …” (1 Sam. 9:24).

I write in the margin of my Bible all the time. As I read this I wrote, “What has God set aside for me?” I love the words “for this occasion.” God has the specifics of life mapped out. He is not caught by surprise by the events of life.

Planning! It was God’s idea. He is always prepared!!!

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