There is a story in 1 Samuel 9 that clearly displays how God intercepts. If you haven’t read it recently, I encourage you to refresh your memory. Saul’s father’s donkeys got lost. He sent Saul and a servant to go look for them. They looked for days and were about to turn back. Watch how this all played out through God’s interception.
In 1 Samuel 9:6 Saul’s servant told him about the man of God that lived in the city. They decided to seek out the seer to tell them the way to go. In verse 11 they asked a young woman where they could find the seer. In verse 12 she said that ‘today’ he was coming. As they were heading into the city, verse 15 says, “Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying.”
In verse 16 the Lord explained to Samuel how he was to anoint Saul as commander over His people Israel. Verse 17 says, “So when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over My people.” In verse 18 Saul met Samuel and asked him where he would find the seer.
Samuel instructed him to go up to the high place to eat with him. Then he told him that the donkeys had been found. Now watch how the Lord had set up the next scene. In verse 23 Samuel said to the cook, “…Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to you, Set it apart.” In verse 24 the cook brought the thigh portion to Saul and Samuel said, “…Here it is, what was kept back. It was set apart for you…”
When the Lord is ready to present what He has set apart for us, He intercepts our way. It doesn’t say, but I would imagine that Saul and his servant were frustrated that they could not find the donkeys. They had no idea that the Lord had orchestrated the whole entire situation. Years ago the Holy Spirit gave me a definition for frustration: God intercepting my way to redirect me into His way.
Think of some other times that the Lord intercepted folks. Saul of Tarsus was intercepted. His life was radically changed. The Lord gave to him what He had kept back. Paul took the gospel to the Gentiles. Through God’s interception you and I have the privilege to receive essential instruction for our walk with the Lord. Paul wrote many of his epistles while in prison.
I think of Hagar also. When Sarai treated her harshly she fled from her presence. The Angel of the Lord found her and spoke to her about the child she was carrying. In Genesis 16:13 she said, “…You-Are-The-God-Who-Sees…” There was another time where He intercepted her. The Lord had a hidden provision for her. When she was in absolute despair, he revealed Himself to her in a new way. Abraham had sent her away with her young son Ishmael. She was in the wilderness. Her food and water ran out. She placed Ishmael under a shrub and sat across from him and cried.
Genesis 21:17 says, “And God heard the voice of the lad…” Then an angel of God called out to her to see what her problem was. Verse 19 says, “Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water…” It doesn’t say, but I believe the well was there all along. What provision is near you that you do not yet see? The next time you feel frustrated, stop and be still. Ready your heart to receive God’s interception so that He can direct you into His way.