Reading through the Bible together
Saul, the first king of Israel, having received the anointing of God’s Spirit, could have become a beacon of light to the people of Israel. Unfortunately, he allowed pride and disobedience to gain control over his life, thus darkening his example.
Saul was courageous. He fought and won many battles for the Lord. But the battle on mount Gilboa was a tragic one. He and his three sons died on that hill. Looking exclusively at this incident, we might think: “why did God allow such a tragedy to happen”? However the larger picture shows us that God did all He could to save Saul from disgrace.
Saul had persistently rejected the gentle leadership of the Spirit of God. He had persecuted innocent people, like David, out of jealousy. He went so far in the path of disobedience as to consult a medium for guidance. As a result of his own choices, God could no longer protect him.
The narrative of the chronicler says that: “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance”. (1 Chronicles 10:13, NIV). One little act of disobedience led to another until, finally, Saul ventured too far, consulting a medium - something strictly forbidden by God (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
Disobedience is a killer. Every time we depart from God’s will we hurt ourselves and bring disaster on us and our loved ones.
Dear Lord, grant me the wisdom to understand that your laws were given to protect me. Help me to obey you out of gratitude and trust.
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