Drop Your Baggage and Run!
By Dana Jarvis
very moment the rubber meets the road, the very moment Saul is nowhere to be seen.
However and of course, it’s God who reveals as to his whereabouts — he’s hiding among his baggage!
(The KJV version is even more wonderful — “… Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff,” (1 Samuel 10:22))
Have you been there?
The Hebrew word for baggage/ stuff — כְּלִי kelı̂y, kel-ee’ — is used for a variety of objects including “bag,” “armor,”
“weapon,” “jewel. In short, Saul is hiding among the kinds of things that make us feel protected, or that we have ownership, or give us a sense of power.
But wait, you might think,
“being made king has all kinds of power!” and, indeed, it does. Yet at the same time there is a huge vulnerability.
Nothing persons in power ever do escapes the scrutiny of those who
dislike them, or disagree with them. We see towards the end of the reading, Saul has hardly been king five minutes and yet there are already grumblers.
Truthfully, Saul was no fool for not wanting
to face the music, and accept the mantle of ruler!
Over the next few days to weeks, as we follow this story in the Hebrew Scriptures, we see Saul’s mantle passed to David and we discover that Saul’s
reign is repeated episodes of hiding in his own baggage.
We are reminded that all of us, when the pressure is on, we too often find solace in our own baggage — the armor of a hard heart, the bag
in which we hold our secret wounds, the jewel of our possessions, the weapons of a sharp tongue, and just the general all around “stuff” that gives us a false sense of security.
When we dare
not take the step of vulnerability, to acknowledge that all we are, and all we have belongs to God, we end up hiding from our most authentic selves, the selves God saw in us before we were born while in our mother’s womb, and the selves God earnestly
desires we become.
Indeed, there will be grumblers when this happens. Yet at the same time we can also discover the strength and anointing that lies within you. The Kingdom driven power He
wants to unleash in you.
God is calling you out from this baggage!
Take on the courage to step out from behind the armor of false self and follow
It is time to get up and relentlessly pursue the King of all kings!
It is time to Run!
up the baton and leave the baggage!
“Therefore they enquired of The LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And The LORD answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff,”
1 Samuel 10:22.
By Dana Jarvis