There are two Sauls in the Bible; one in the Old Testament and the New Testament from them we can learn much and see two very different paths of life.
The Saul of the Old Testament is the son of Kish a very powerful man within the tribe of Benjamin (the smallest tribe) who was favored and remembered to of been the most handsome man among all Israel at the time, he also stood a head taller than everyone else.
It wasn’t until an encounter with the prophet Samuel while on a search for his fathers donkeys that he received his transformation from God.
Acts 7:58, Acts 8:1,3
The Saul of the New Testament is first mentioned in Acts 8 where Stephen is stoned and persecution breaks out in Israel. He was a young man at the time but had some form of religious authority demonstrated by imprisoning New Covenant Christian believers.
The next mention is in Acts 9 where it is stated that he planned on killing all of the Disciples of Christ, he was also seeking authorization from the chief priest to imprison anyone who mentioned Christ.
While trying to do this on His was to Damascus His transformation began.
Both Saul’s received a dramatic change directly from God. King Saul’s was from directions from Samuel on where to find his fathers donkeys in which he became a new man (1Samuel 10:2-9) and even amazed the other local prophets by his own prophesies (1Samuel 10:10-12).
He was dramatically transformed when he left Samuel to follow his directions and find his fathers donkeys, Samuel read his mail and told him everything that was “in his heart” (1Samuel 9:19).
Despite Saul’s newness he seemed to be quite incompetent in what seems to be the next day where Samuel anointed him as king over Israel. Saul hid among the baggage, perhaps did not like to stand out, he feared the people, or did not believe he was capable of being King..
Which ever reason it was, it was based on fear and a bad self image, both of which are things God restores in us when we are truly transformed by Him. God told Samuel directly that Saul was hiding in the baggage and immediately they found him there, what a way to be humbled- to be uncovered hiding in baggage in front of all the tribes of Israel when you are elected King by God!
Humble yourself and get over your fear or God will humble you and drag you over your fear.