This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.
Saul was appointed king over Israel. He was tall, wise, and strong. His kingship started by honoring the Lord and by keeping all that God desired. He rescued Jabesh Gilead, and he proved himself to be both a warrior and wise ruler. So how did things get so off track that in 1 Chron 10:1-6 we find out that he is stranded, wounded, and commits suicide? How did he get there? I’m reminded of that powerful Axiom, “It’s not how you start that matters but how you finish.” Saul had every starting advantage, he had the prophet Samuel, he had power and charisma, but his kingship ended up in divination and disaster.
Saul made several critical mistakes that we need to avoid – these mistakes caused the kingdom to be stripped away from his family and given to David.
1. Saul feared the reproach of his men over the command of God. 2. Saul stepped outside of what God wanted. 3. Saul disobeyed God’s direct orders. 4. Eventually Saul even turned to witchcraft to get answers.
Beloved, avoid small compromises! Avoid stepping outside of what God’s precious, life-giving Word tells us is good, pure and perfect!! If you are standing on God’s word, you stand secure. If you build on anything else, you are dangerously wasting your time. Saul lost his way, and then desperately harmed people on his way down. How can we avoid the same disaster that befell Saul? By simply obeying what God has called us to do! Stand strong together, stand on God’s word and heed His voice today.