Article Library of Christian Thoughts · June 19, 2018
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Lesson 164 - THE RISE AND FALL OF OLD KING SAUL (PART 1)
When people study the life of Israel’s first monarch, King Saul, they usually consider his life only a negative example to be avoided. Not so. King Saul, like most spiritual leaders, started off on the right path.

Lessons And Warnings For Christian Leaders

 

When people study the life of Israel’s first monarch, King Saul, they usually consider his life only a negative example to be avoided. Not so. King Saul, like most spiritual leaders, started off on the right path. I discovered ten positive characteristics in Saul’s life that any Christian would be wise to imitate.

 

However, the later years of Saul’s life leave Christians a terrible warning. Two lessons will cover the positive aspects in the life of Israel’s first king. Two more lessons will show Saul’s tragic fall and why I pray, “Lord, make me a good finisher!” Note: The following words in bold letters are the important points to remember.

1. Tall and handsome Saul started out being open to godly advice and counsel. “And the servant answered Saul again and said, “Look, I have here at hand one-fourth of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way. … Then Saul said to his servant, well said; come, let us go. So they went to the city where the man of God was.” (I Samuel 9:8, 10). Needing help to find his animals, Saul sought out the help of Samuel the prophet. Always seek godly counsel when making big decisions.

2. Saul radiated the humility of insignificance. “And Saul answered and said, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak like this to me?” (I Samuel 9:21). In the beginning, Saul called himself the “smallest” and the “least” of Israel. He was not tempted to look at himself as a big shot. If only that humility had been maintained. Stay a servant!

3. Saul started out as a “new creation” through the controlling power of the Spirit of God.“Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man” (I Samuel 10:6). Ask the Holy Spirit to fill and control you daily.

4. Doing God’s will was easy when Saul was God’s man. “And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you” (I Samuel 10:7). There was no difficulty during Saul’s early days in both hearing and obeying the voice of the Lord. Seek God’s Word daily and obey it!

5. Saul did not brag about honors given to him. “So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said.” (I Samuel 10:16). Though Saul had been anointed by Samuel and told he would be Israel’s king, the young man discussed with his family only the finding of the animals and not the matter of the kingdom. Such humility in older and wiser people is rare—how much more in the case of such a young man. Stay simple. Remain humble.

 

TO BE CONTINUED

 

 


 

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1)
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