“The word of the LORD came to Samuel: I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” (1 Samuel 15:11)
The people of Israel looked around and saw that, unlike other nations, they had no king. So they appealed to God and He reluctantly assigned the prophet Samuel to appoint the first king in Israel. That king was Saul. Saul was tall and strong like a king and although he was hesitant to take the throne, Samuel followed the Lord’s instructions and anointed Saul. The people were pleased and Saul began to rule.
But, Saul’s 42 years as king of Israel were not the success they should have been. Saul began his rule in humility and recognition of God's sovereignty, but later he became full of pride. His power and authority as king became more important to him than obedience to the word and ways of the Lord. He was given many opportunities to repent and turn back to God's instructions, but Saul continued his self-destructive path. Eventually, he took his own life when facing defeat on the battlefield. Saul’s tragic reign started well, but the disobedience of pride and power became his ruin.
Although Saul lived many centuries ago, the lure of pride and power is just as dangerous today. Our “success” can easily become our downfall. If we hold success too tightly, we can lose our grip on the true author of our success, the Lord God of Heaven. If we lose that grip, we lose everything that really matters.
Question: Do I handle my success with faith or with pride?
Challenge: Success can be a powerful narcotic. Never let it replace obedience to God.
Prayer: God, you blessed Saul and he lost sight of you in those blessings. Today I thank you for all the blessings you have given, all by your grace.
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks