MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11
SCRIPTURE:1 SAMUEL 13
BY: Josh Boles
So far we have been able to see Saul as a good leader, but we knew this would be short lived. Saul led the Israelites for forty years. This was a pretty good run, but today we get an insight to his true character. Saul had a lot of things that led to his failure. In this chapter alone we see irresponsibility, pride, unbelief and impatience, deception, folly, and an untrusting army.
The whole scope of this chapter is about Saul's irresponsibility. Mainly in the regard that he tried to cover up his disobedience with lies. The first way we see this manifested is pride. A couple of chapters ago over 300,000 men volunteered to be in Saul's Army, but we see here in verse 2 that he chose only 3,000 for himself. Saul gathering up an army was in essence declaring war against the Philistines, who also had a very large army. Saul was placing a lot of confidence in himself by selecting an underwhelming army compared to his enemy.
The next thing we see in verse 5-9 is unbelief and impatience. Saul hid from his enemy. Had not the Lord delivered His people from great enemies with far less people? Also we see Saul grow impatient with Samuel, and take matters into his own hands.
Next in verse 10-12 we see the incredible pride, and deception from Saul. He covered his disobedience up with lies, and blame shifting. Notice how many times in these two verses he uses a variation of the word “I.” I counted seven. Saul words, “I saw,” indicated that he was walking by sight, and not by faith. Saul’s main issue here is not that he made a mistake, it is that he had no remorse, or repentance. Being able to swallow your pride, confess, and repent is the mark of a true leader, not blame shifting.
In verse 13-14 we see the price Saul would pay for his folly. Saul was foolish to think he could disobey God and get a way with it. Saul’s deception, pride, and unbelief were judged by the Lord and he would now pay the consequences of that decision. All of these things ultimately led to his prized army’s lack of confidence in him. we see in the rest of the chapter that they were insecure, and dwindled down to only 600 (15-16).
The last thing we see is that his Army was deprived. It is bad enough that Saul had no men, but even worse that the few men that he did have were not equipped for battle. In a way the function of Saul's army resembles much of the American Church today. we have everything we need for success. We have the armor of God. We have the Gospel. We have the Holy Spirit with us at all times.
So I have to ask myself this morning, is my pride and unbelief keeping me from fighting the good fight. As you all now know, we have a few challenges ahead of us. The next few weeks, and months are met with a lot of uncertainty. Even in light of this, we must never lose sight of the fact that we already have everything we need to win the battle. The Lord has told us everything we need to know about the strategy of our enemy. All we have to do is believe and trust in the Lord’s plan. He always has a plan for us. We see this in our chapter today. God already had a king lined out for Israel long before Saul was going to be done.
The same is true for us. God has somebody picked out for us that will lead us. And although I am incredibly thankful for Joe’s leadership, and personal mentorship in my life, the success of FBC Marlow is not his, it is the Lord’s. The Lord knows what is in store for FBC Marlow, and here is the cool thing about that. You have a part in that. So here is my challenge. In the coming weeks rise up to the challenge. Carry the Gospel everywhere you go. We can rise about the challenges we are faced with because the Lord in in control. In the midst of this uncertain season, we can grow in our faith, and in number. Be encourages Church!