I have spent this week sifting through all the debris at the crash site of King Saul's life. Much like the NTSB goes to airplane crash sites and examines every twisted piece of metal and scrap of plastic in order to piece together the cause of the crash—so God's Word records every scrap of Saul’s life that is important for us to know about why he crashed and wasted his life. Today I want to share with you the conclusion of all my sifting.
I have sorted through and found no less than twenty-five recorded reasons that Saul’s life crashed and burned; reasons why God rejected his life’s work and said that his ministry was wasted.
If you want to not suffer loss, God has given us the tracks of one who walked before us, had the Spirit, knew God—and yet failed completely. The life of Saul stands today as an example to all of us on how not to live, how not to end, how not to invest these precious days we have on earth!
We could sum up the tragic shipwrecked life of King Saul by saying that you don’t serve God by doing what he did. Why not re-examine his life and see what made Saul the man who wasn’t after God’s heart.
1. Neglect God’s Leadership of your life so that you underestimate the strength of your enemy—and get completely defeated. 1st Samuel 13.1-7
2. Get impatient and use your impatience as an excuse to do your own thing instead of obeying God. We can’t serve God by—Impatience.
“Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him” (1 Samuel 13:8).
3. Neglect your primary responsibilities that God has entrusted to you by only taking care of your own needs. We can’t serve God by—Neglect.
“So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son” (1 Samuel 13:22).
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