LOST BUT FOUND!
And the asses of Kish Saulís father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not. And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us. And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way. 1Samuel 9:3-6;
It is not a pleasant experience for one to lose something valuable and dear to oneís heart; the pain and anguish associated with the loss of a precious thing are better imagined than experienced. According to the above passage, the whole house of Kish the father of Saul was thrown into great distress over the loss of their asses. For a shepherd who has laboured through rain and shine and endangered his life many times to fend for the flock, the loss of a lamb is indeed a great blow. It appears when the asses of Kish the father of Saul, were lost, an integral part of his life got missing, and no wonder he was prepared not to spare any effort in recovering the lost asses. In an effort to recover the lost asses, Kish mandated his son Saul and one of his servants to search for and bring home the lost asses.
The determination to recover the lost asses had really taken Saul over. He and the servant that accompanied him began the search from mount Ephraim, went through the land of Shalisha to the land of Shalim up to the land of Benjamites, but could not locate the lost asses. Upon arrival at the land of Zuph, having combed more than four villages and towns in frantic search of the missing asses, Saul began to think of returning home and giving up the fruitless search. As Saul contemplated giving up the search however, the servant that accompanied him suggested the idea of visiting the seer Ė the prophet for possible guidance and direction. In acceptance of this suggestion, Saul and the servant headed for the city, this time around not in search of the missing asses but the seer.
It is instructive that at the time Saul was looking for his fatherís lost asses, God was also in search of a man who would lead the nation of Israel as king. The Lord had told Prophet Samuel a day before that He would send him a man from the tribe of Benjamin whom He had ordained to lead Israel as king. Beyond the search for the lost asses, the reason why it was necessary for Saul to travel over four to five villages and towns, was actually to be located for the assignment God wanted to commission him for. Although at this time, Saul had no idea that God was looking for him to take his rightful position in the divine program; his major concern and preoccupation had been recovery of his fatherís lost asses. If the asses had not got missing, Saul may never have been located for his God-given purpose and assignment. It was actually the search for the missing asses that pulled him out of the land of Benjamin and re positioned him to be located by Prophet Samuel for eventual commissioning as king of Israel. A times, God may allow some difficult situations and unpleasant circumstances to come our way in order to move us into His purpose for our lives Ė Ďall things work together for good for them that love God and for those who are called according to His purposeí.
The role played by the servant that accompanied Saul in getting him located by God for commissioning as king of Israel was very significant. Surprisingly, the servantís identity cannot be established as his name was not mentioned; however, the servant played a significant role as destiny helper in Saulís life. If not for the encouragement and support Saul received from this servant at the critical moment, he would have turned back in the land of Zuph and might have missed out of Godís divine program. This attests to the fact that at one juncture or the other of our journey in life, we need destiny helpers significantly positioned around us to assist and support us to move into and fulfill Godís purpose for our lives.
It appears that a lot of us like Saul have been extremely busy all the years searching for our Ďmissing assesí anywhere and everywhere. The search for happiness, fulfillment and breakthrough in life had really taken a lot of us to and through many places in life. Unfortunately, the more we try to find that which is missing in our lives, the more miserable and empty we find ourselves. The truth is, until God finds us like He located Saul for His divine purpose and assignment, our search for fulfillment and happiness will continue to be futile and fruitless. The beginning of fulfillment in life is discovery of Godís purpose for our lives, there are no short cuts!
As soon as Saul was located by God and commissioned for the divine assignment, the lost asses he had struggled many days to recover with sweating and hard labour without any result were found with ease. God may have been waiting for us to stop the search for the things which do not offer lasting fulfillment and joy. God is out in search of men who would submit themselves to His will and divine purpose. For those who have been lost and wandering aimlessly in the wilderness of life, God is searching and calling today. Hear His gentle voice; let Him offer you direction in the path that leads to lasting joy and fulfillment. You may have been lost but you will be found! Until God finds you, you can never find the fulfillment that your heart craves for!