The Rise and the Fall of King Saul.
“We want a king, we want a king,” the people of Israel cried out to Samuel. This upset the prophet, so he prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them…” Samuel warned them as the Lord commanded, and Saul was chosen to be their king (1 Samuel 8:7).
In the beginning, Saul showed some humility, as he did not immediately embrace his position, but this would not last for long. As Saul’s fame and reputation grew, he started to depend on himself rather than on God. King Saul began to disobey God’s commands. The king took it upon himself to perform a sacrifice that was only authorized for the priests to perform (1 Samuel 13:9). Another time, king Saul was ordered to totally wipe out the Amalekites and “devote destruction to all they have” (1 Samuel 15:3). King Saul spared the king, and only destroyed the animals and items that had no value. This caused God to regret making Saul king. Samuel, in his old age, ended up being the one to follow through with God’s command and he killed king Agag himself (1 Samuel 16:33).
King Saul became conceited, he made excuses, he thought he knew better than God. Saul was doing fine when the Spirit of the Lord was with him. During this time, he had success in defeating the Ammonites, and he defeated several tribes of the Philistines. As the king continued to disobey God, the Lord eventually withdrew the Spirit from the king (1 Samuel 16:14).
In life we often make excuses instead of doing what God’s requires of us. Maybe when we have an opportunity to share a lesson with our neighbor, we make up excuses that stops us. When we do speak to others, are we speaking according what God’s word says? Do we add our own twist or opinion? If so, this can get us in trouble. We should never think that our way is better that the Lord’s. Every day we should devote ourselves to reading the Bible. We should follow the pattern and lessons from scripture. If we do this on a regular basis you can be sure to remain in God’s favor.