Saturday, April 08, 2017

Devotional Thought : 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

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, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Saul had many failings. Early in his reign, he became impatient when waiting for Samuel, and presented the offering himself (1 Samuel 13:8). Later he became jealous of David and tried to kill him on several occasions. In between, he was disobedient to the Lord’s instructions to completely destroy the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:1-15). Yet in this summary, the thing that is highlighted is that Saul would not inquire of the Lord, and even consulted a medium.

In the account of Saul consulting a medium in 1 Samuel 28, it is recorded that Saul did inquire of the Lord (verse 6). But Saul had been ignoring God for so long, without any sign of repentance, that he could no longer receive messages from God.

Saul had always been reluctant to wait for God, and receive from him. It requires a certain amount of humility to ask and receive. When we pray, we acknowledge our own inadequacies, and our own lack of resources to deal with the problem. It wounds our sense of self-sufficiency and competence. Praying may damage our self-esteem, if it is built on our accomplishments.

Alternatively, a medium is just another human being with no ability to help, but only give advice. Humility is not required, and there are no consequence from the medium if the advice is not followed. Saul was able to keep his sense of being capable and in charge.

Sadly Saul died, not keeping the word of the Lord and being unfaithful.

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