Alistair Begg Devotional

Alistair Begg Devotional No-Names and God’s Unfolding Plan

No-Names and God’s Unfolding Plan

No-Names and God’s Unfolding Plan

When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.” But he said to him, “Behold, there is a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in honor; all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go.”

Saul, the future first king of Israel, had been with his servant for a few days, searching unsuccessfully for his father’s missing donkeys. Saul was ready to “go back” home—but his servant was not quite ready to give up. Instead, he suggested they consult with the “man of God” to ask him to “tell us the way we should go.” Saul agreed, and soon their search would lead to the encounter with the prophet Samuel in which Saul would be anointed king of Israel (1 Samuel 10:1-8).

We might think that the servant would have been the tired one advocating for a return trip home, while the future king would have proposed the visit to the prophet—yet the opposite was the case. The Bible gives the impression that this servant was sensitized to God’s workings and was beginning to recognize that this search for donkeys was turning into something far more substantial.

How wonderful is this! Who was this servant? We don’t even know his name. But he was hugely significant in God’s unfolding plan.

Indeed, all through the Bible we see God using those who could have been considered insignificant by earthly standards but whose spiritual insight led to important changes. Second Kings 5:1–14, for instance, tells of a little girl who, when the Syrians raided Israel and carried off girls as slaves, was taken to live as a servant in the house of a leprous army commander named Naaman. There, she proved instrumental in Naaman’s life, suggesting that he visit the prophet of Israel, Elisha. Eventually, this led to his miraculous healing. Hundreds of years later, it was to a young unmarried girl in an unremarkable provincial town that God gave the privilege of bearing His Son; and it was to shepherds far from the places of power and influence that He gave the task of being the first humans to broadcast the news that the Christ had been born.

For servants of the living God, stories like these remind us that it’s not our names or our credentials that matter; it’s the task to which God calls us, which He folds into His glorious, eternal purposes. Do not underestimate how a word of encouragement or exhortation or witness from your lips today might be used by our Lord in the unfolding of His purposes.

Questions for Thought

How is God calling me to think differently?

How is God reordering my heart’s affections — what I love?

What is God calling me to do as I go about my day today?

Further Reading

The Widow's Offering

41And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.6 43And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

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6 12:42 Greek two lepta, which make a kodrantes; a kodrantes (Latin quadrans) was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

Devotional material is taken from the Truth For Life daily devotionals by Alistair Begg, published by The Good Book Company, Used by Truth For Life with permission. Copyright © 2021, 2022, The Good Book Company.

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