Death or Discernment (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)

1 Chronicles 10:13-14


13 So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. 14 He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.


            The epitaph here recorded regarding Saul, Israel’s first king, is a very sad one, and one full of meaning for us. Saul died. He died for his disobedience to the Lord. Then, we see that he specifically died for consulting a medium rather than seeking guidance from the Lord.


            Of course, we could easily learn from Saul’s demise that we ought not disobey God or consult mediums. We could even draw applications about the modern interest in spiritualism, horoscopes, astrology, and the like. But I think there is something better for Christians to be thinking about here that goes beyond the surface.


            Where do you look for guidance when you desire to do the will of God? Do you seek a mystical, spiritual experience? Do you turn to self-help books? Do you look to others who appear successful in your particular profession? Do you read the latest book by a church growth guru or mega-church pastor? Or, does your guidance come from somewhere else?


            God put Saul to death for his disobedience to God’s commands and for his seeking guidance from a wrong source. These failures are two sides of the same coin. If we wish to seek the guidance of God, we must, absolutely must, seek the will of God in the word of God. We must become a people of the Bible who allow the Lord to speak to it through its pages.


            This day, Christians, how about seeking the guidance of God in the words of Scripture. Today would be a great day to once again commit ourselves to seeking God in his word. This is not a secret language or mystical calling. It is simply a call to pray, study God’s word rightly, and apply what it says. It is not complicated. It should not be terribly confusing. We follow God best when we are immersed in his word, studying, memorizing, applying, and growing.


            Lord, would you make me a person of your word this day? I desire to follow you. I desire to know your will. Please keep me from ever seeking guidance from a wrong source. Make me someone who knows your word so well that all that I consider doing is clearly discernible from biblical principle. Help me to know your word and love your word in order to help me better to know and love you.