Starting well, ending badly…



Scripture: I Samuel 9:15 Now the day before Saul came (to see the prophet Samuel), the Lord had revealed to Samuel: 16 “Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be ruler over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the suffering of my people, because their outcry has come to me.” 17 When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you. He it is who shall rule over my people.” (After Samuel told Saul he would be king) 21 Saul answered, “I am only a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the humblest of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. Why then have you spoken to me in this way?”

Observation: Saul didn’t expect to be anointed king over all Israel. In his own mind he was not worthy. He came from a small family of humble circumstances from the smallest of the twelve tribes. It’s possible this is one reason why God chose him in the first place. He was not full of himself. However, once he was king for a while, Saul lost his way. He started  well, but finished poorly.

Application: This sort of things happens all the time. Good people assume positions of authority and, over time, lose their way. Happens in politics, business, academia, even the church.

Prayer: Lord, too many people start well but finish poorly – leaving under a cloud. As many of us reading this blog today have positions of leadership and some measure of authority, give us grace to stay grounded. Bring people around us who will speak truth to us in love. We want to give you glory from beginning to end. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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