Jesus knew He was called to big things decades before He was released into ministry. His soul had plenty of time to grow into the skill sets He needed.
Samuel also knew from childhood that he was destined to spiritual leadership, and he had lots of time and training for his soul. Spirit and soul were nurtured together.
Saul was a different case. He was a farm boy and he loved the land. His father loved having him farm with him. Saul left the farm for a couple of days, looking for some lost stock, and he came back crowned king.
He was not looking for a crown and a throne. He loved the land and the farm. There was no prophetic word in childhood that we know of alerting him to his coming destiny. He was so casual in his religious observance he didn’t even know there was a seer in the nation.
It appears his soul was completely blindsided by the call to the throne.
Within 20 hours, he met the seer he had never even heard of. The seer honored him in front of the towns people. The seer read his mail big time. The seer anointed him with oil and informed him that he was king of the non-existent throne of Israel. There were a series of three supernatural events designed to confirm to the farm boy that the seer was speaking with divine authority. And the spirit of God came upon him with power and he prophesied publicly, with intensity.
Then he went home.
We have a stunning disconnect between spirit and soul. God drove his spirit forward with massive speed without allowing time for his soul to catch up and become equipped, without allowing time for the culture to accept the idea of a farm boy king, without allowing time for his family to embrace the idea of their pretty ordinary farm boy son being the king of the non-existent throne of Israel.
At the end of the day, God has the right to grow Samuel from the womb, to grow Moses from age 80 and to shoot Saul’s spirit out of a cannon, leaving his soul and the culture struggling with whiplash.
God-speed is not uniform. He can grow spirit and soul together. He can grow the individual and the culture together. He can prepare the culture before the individual knows they are called. He can prepare the individual when the culture is so not ready for them.
God-speed is not one size fits all, but it is right. Very right. Perfectly right.
The culture generally holds to a social contract that it is not right for you to run ahead of their emotional processes. And the soul absolutely adheres to that social contract.
And both are wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. Wronger than wrong.
God has the right to set God-speed, and His speed is right.
Join me in fighting back against the Egyptian curse activated in the spiritual realm and the Egyptian curse manifest through the culture’s social contract.
Let God determine how fast He wants to catapult your spirit into your calling, regardless of the offense to the soul or the culture.
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
Still in the war zone, but winding down – I think.