1 Samuel 9 introduces us to a very promising young man named Saul, a young man who we soon find out has been destined by God to become Israel’s first king. He is from a good, highly-respected family with wealth and influence (1 Sam 9:1). He himself is physically impressive, tall and handsome (1 Sam 9:2). But this young man has a problem – his father’s donkeys have wandered off, and he and his servant have already spent three days looking for them without success.
At this point, we come to an interesting discourse that gives us a window into Saul’s spiritual formation up to this point in his life.