Let’s face it, as speakers and writers, we’re often a camaraderie of low self-esteemers. We compare our worst to others’ best. We see their years of experience and think we can never measure up. We see our failures and wonder why we should even try.
But regardless of how we feel, we must remember one thing: If God has a plan for our lives–and we know He does–don’t you think He also has a plan to see it through?
So what does this have to do with baggage?
As I read about the calling of King Saul in 1 Samuel 9 and 10, I saw myself in his reaction and responses. In 1 Samuel 9, we see that God very specifically spoke to Samuel when He said, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.” Clear as it could be, right?
But when Samuel told Saul that he and his family were the center of all Israel’s hopes, Saul wasn’t convinced. He responded with, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
Yes, Saul’s response was almost exactly like Gideon’s in Judges 6 when the angel of the Lord said Gideon would save Israel from the Midianites: “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” And we know what Gideon eventually did with his 300 men!
But that’s not all. As Saul’s name was announced as king, he couldn’t be found anywhere.
So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”
And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 1 Samuel 10:22 (NIV)
Oh my goodness. “He has hidden himself among the baggage.”
His life had already been mapped out by God Almighty, and yet he was hiding in fear . . . among the baggage. He was hiding behind his past, his family, his perceived lack of ability.
Hiding among the baggage of his life.
And, as we know from Scripture, his life didn’t end as Israel envisioned. But the key is, God used him and had a plan for his life from the very beginning.
What about me? What about you? Are we like Saul, hiding behind those things we wish we could change? Those things we want to keep private? Those things we feel prevent us from being who He has for us to be?
I’ve said it many times before, and I say it again here today: God doesn’t waste any scars. He doesn’t waste our hurts or our pain or our failures or our losses.
He doesn’t waste our baggage…and He certainly doesn’t want us to hide behind it. What will we do when God calls us for a specific job? It could be a life or death decision for someone.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,