God can use a leader in spite of himself.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119:89 Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven. 90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. 91 Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans.
Read - 1 Samuel 11-13
Things start out positively in Chapter 11. God gives power to Saul and the Israelites gather around him in great numbers to bring victory over the evil Ammonites.
Chapter 12 is a solemn assembly where Samuel shows the nation its folly and God shows His power thru a weather event. The people realize they have made a mistake but are afforded God’s grace.
Chapter 13 shows the war between Israel and Philistia. Saul would act rashly by performing a sacrifice (that only the priest was able to perform) to try and gain God’s favor. Likewise, we can do ‘religious’ things out of a desire to get God’s blessing when God simply waits for our hearts to align with His will and way.
Lord, help me to make decisions to honor You even when I am under stress.
What was Saul punished for here?
Saul’s mighty victory over Ammon is followed by folly against the Philistines. He could have had an eternal kingdom established with his family but instead his kingship is already looking temporary. Did Saul do what he knew would honor God or was he deceived?