Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.-Proverb 3:5-6
King Saul was not just chosen by God, to be Israel’s executive leader (king), but their spiritual leader too. The Bible states God changed his heart and filled him with God’s Spirit, and he spoke the Word of God (1 Samuel 10:10).
When Samuel told the Israelites of God’s choice, to make Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, the king of Israel; Saul was nowhere to be found: So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden among the supplies.” (1 Samuel 10: 22)
You could see Saul still did not understand God’s ability had nothing to do with him. When God chooses to use someone, He never looks at a person’s list of qualifications, He looks at the heart (1 Chronicles 28:9).
I was thinking about how God chooses us or calls us for a special calling, and we are in the “supplies.” Okay, I am not referring to real supplies: God doesn’t care about your inadequacies; He cares about your heart and character. The character is who you REALLY are when no one else is looking! Man, looks at how someone appears on the outside, but God looks at what is in the heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)
Saul, was a great king when he allowed the Spirit of God to lead (1 Samuel 11:6-7), but Saul became less dependent on God’s Spirit, and he became more dependent on his own insights. Samuel tried to warn the Israelites about having a human king (1Sameul 8:11-18) because after all, he was human, not perfect like God!
“Do you ever insist on doing things your own way even though you’ve been warned? Life always becomes more difficult when you choose your own way. Choosing a way other than God’s way is a sin! It doesn’t take long for sin to spoil everything.” (Hooper)
I will give two examples that will show how King Saul no longer took his direction from God, and although he had an impressive start with God’s guidance to become a godly leader; King Saul decided to rely on his own wisdom:
Even though, God’s law stated only priest (descendants of Aaron) could offer God burnt offerings; King Saul did what was right to him and made a burnt offering unto God (1 Samuel 13:8-9).
God gave specific instruction to King Saul about his battle with the Amalekites to destroy everything in the kingdom (1 Samuel 15:2-3) but, King Saul no longer obeyed God’s word and God regretted ever making Saul king (1 Samuel 15:11)
We have seen King Saul life and kingdom, he had an incredible start to his reign. God chose Saul to lead Israel with the guidance of the Spirit of God, but like so many of us today, he stopped relying on God’s Word. The once humble man that thought he couldn’t be king because of his insecurities (1 Samuel 15:17) became wise in own eyes and no longer was guided by God’s
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD, and he did not keep the word of the LORD. He even consulted a medium for guidance and did not inquire of the LORD, so the LORD gave the kingdom over to David.
It’s not how you start, it’s how you end!
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