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King Saul has always being the good looking guy.
He was overtly obsessed with what people did, what they said and what they thought.
Chronic People pleaser would always choose people over God.
His weakness cost him the Kingdom.
When God gives us a privilege,
we should be mindful to keep it.
How do we keep it?
Through undeterred obedience.
People-pleasing will cost you more than you bargain for
There is a place for the prophet, the King and the priest. Saul jumped the gun.
Three attitudes made Saul sway
–> What he saw (he was losing popularity) may be he heard whispers
–> He was impatient
Quick thoughts: It is dangerous to think God is being slow to attend to your situation
—>He was concerned with his enemies move (If you focus on what God has said…you will see less of the enemy).
Sometimes God tests us…Saul failed woefully on the first day out on God’s instruction.
Everytime you step out of God’s will, you will ‘force yourself’…as Saul said to Samuel.
understand your calling,
know what God has said to you and stay there.
It was one wrong move from Saul and he missed…it was game over. (1 Samuel 13:14).
He began to make mistakes…follow the following chapters as the events unfold.
Another instruction, King Saul disobeys yet again
When God gives you a mandate execute it completely.
Saul’s disobedience made God regret choosing him.
He was greedy, intoxicated by position, power and wealth vs. 9-11.
When met Samuel, he said all the right words to cover his flaws.
He thought using sacrifice to disobey will earn him a praise ticket.
Just imagine Samuel’s disappointment.
You can’t bribe God with proceeds of sin.
God is not man.
He weighs the content of our hearts.
Deceitful people say all the religious words but their heart is far from what they say.
Samuel asked him to recall how God chose him and how far he has brought him. Vs. 17.
Yet Saul’s heart was filled with pride.
He was incorrigible, very defensive, in fact he was a lost cause.
Ponder On this:
Are you always feeling you are right?
Are you quick to your own defence?
Saul had so many attribute to his ruin. He was rebellious and stubborn.
For a leader, it is dangerous for you to be disobedient to God.
His pride was rooted in looking good in the sight of the people.
He was a chronic people pleaser.
After being confronted with his sin he pressed Samuel to continue with him so he doesn’t look bad before the people.
What should he have done?
I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the Lord my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Jeremiah 31:18-19
If he had repented as the scripture says in 2Chronicles 7:14, may be there would have something done for him.
But he was defensive, apprehensive and self righteous.
Studying here I realised that some people would rather work hard to keep up with appearance than have the real thing.
Ponder: When God gives you an assignment, forget about people.
In Saul’s case the repercussion was heavy.
See chapter 15:25-29
He was concerned with what his followers would think. His actions meant ‘let’s pretend everything is ok…so the people would keep following and respecting me’. Instead of heartfelt repentance he chose appearance.
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