9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. — 1 Samuel 10:9 NLT
After Moses and Joshua had died, God raised up Judges in Israel. The Israelis would turn away from God and God would allow the enemies of Israel to be successful in battle against the them When they wept and repented, God would raise up a judge to deliver them and to govern over them for a time. Each time this happened, God had someone prepared to be the judge for the next few years. Samuel was the last of the judges. This was because the Israelis wanted a king over them, so they would be like the nations around them. By asking God for an earthly king, they were rejecting God as their king. Through Samuel, God warned them of the negative things that would happen if they chose an earthly king. Still, that is what the people wanted and that is what God gave them. He chose Saul to be their king. Before Saul could take his position as king, God gave him a new heart and filled him with His Spirit. God never chooses any of us to do something for Him and His Kingdom without the proper preparations. If we are not already prepared, He will prepare us and give us everything we need to do His bidding. When we feel a special call from God, we may very well feel completely unprepared to complete the task. But, we can be assured that by the time God puts His plan for us into action, He will have prepared us to do the job better than anyone else could possibly do it. God chooses ordinary people and turns them into His extraordinary servants. All He wants or expects from us is our willingness and obedience, He will do the rest.
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. — Eph. 2:10 NLT