A Changed Heart

Read: 1 Samuel 10:1-13

When [Saul] turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. (v. 9)

After seminary, I was called to serve in my dream job as a college chaplain. Soon, I began looking for signs that I was successful in ministry and right for the job. I listened for it in conversations with colleagues and in connections made with students. I was aware of the comments made by faculty and staff across campus. But I could have paid closer attention to how God had shaped my heart for the ministry and the evidence that I saw that my ministry efforts were fruitful.

Throughout our whole lives, God directs our path; God forms our heart. We read that Samuel communicated numerous signs that would be fulfilled in order for Saul to trust his shift into a kingly reign. God knew Saul would long for proof, especially the kind of proof that would help him trust he could handle the new role. However, even more amazing than God calling Saul, and helping him to see it, was how God changed Saul’s heart and helped him believe it.

We all need our hearts to be sculpted and designed—changed—by God to best fulfill our call. Is there something that you’re afraid of, or worried you can’t handle, in your call? I would encourage you to set those worries aside for now and humbly set your heart before God. Allow God’s master design skills to change your heart and make you fully ready to serve.

As you pray, give your whole heart over to God for his purpose and design.

About the Author

Katy Sundararajan is a specialized minister in the Reformed Church in America. She has garnered her pastoral perspectives from posts as a college chaplain, a missionary, an international student advisor, and a higher education and leadership ministries program coordinator.

This entry is part 11 of 31 in the series 1 Samuel: Trusting God through Big Transitions