There was a guy named Saul, in the Old Testament that I would like to discuss; he started out to be an awesome man of God, but he had a bad ending.
(I used to get this Saul mixed –up with the Saul (Paul) of the New Testament so I will call him King Saul)
King Saul ‘s story starts with the people of Israel asking the prophet of God (Samuel) to give them a king (1 Samuel 8:4-5) I guess the people of Israel saw how old Samuel was (about to kick-the-bucket), how crooked his sons were, and they thought to themselves, “hey, we need a plan!” So many times in our lives we also reject God as the “King”; we think we can solve our problems through our own wisdom! Basically, God told Samuel to give them a King, but warn them that by having a king they will be ruled over. (1 Samuel 8:9-18)
“Be careful what you wish for because it might come true?”-Unknown
God knew of his shortcomings, but God could see (king) Saul’s heart. God told Samuel, the day before their meeting, he would meet a man from the tribe of Benjamin, and he would bless him as king (1 Samuel 9:15-16).
On a side note, I was thinking about why (king) Saul was seeking the Man of God: He was seeking Samuel to ask about his lost donkeys (1 Samuel 9:4-6). He was seeking donkeys and God not only found the donkeys; God made him king of Israel! LOL! Are you seeking God’s best for your life or are you seeking “donkeys”? (Ephesian 3:19-21)
(King) Saul was a humble man, even though he was the most handsome man in all of Israel; he could not believe God would choose him as king: “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?” (1 Samuel 9:21)
Samuel didn’t care how inadequate (King) Saul felt; he knew God chose him to be king and you don’t question God! Samuel anointed (King) Saul with oil and blessed him as King of Israel! (1 Samuel 10:1) He told King Saul not only is God making him king, but He is also going to speak through him (like a prophet). (1 Samuel 10: 5-7) Samuel said, “once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” (1Samuel 10:7)
I can’t believe what a great start King Saul had. Not only did God make Saul king; God changed his heart to be a man focused on the things of God. (1 Samuel 10:6) In my next blog, we will be taking a look at the end of King Saul kingdom and how it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!