How the Mighty Fall

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

We can picture Saul as a weak king. Here was a man who was self-centered, insecure, and rejected by God.

But we also must remember the great success he enjoyed in his early years on the throne. He led Israel to important victories “wherever he turned.” His words could bring “great joy” to the people, and “he performed great deeds.”

However, we also know that Saul eventually displeased and disobeyed God. He became jealous and obsessive, driven by anger and fear. In the end, Saul became a weak, frail king.

Saul seems to have forgotten that he only was strong while he depended on God. He didn’t seem to realize that he owed everything to Him. In his own strength, he was a failure. And when God withdrew His blessings, Saul learned that his personal intelligence and strength were not enough.

Describing Saul’s death, David declared, “How have the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!” (Samuel 1:27, NKJV) But David, too, knew what it was like to fail. He, too, experienced great triumphs and also great defeats. He recognized that God was his light and salvation, the strength of his life (Psalm 27:1). He understood that the Lord was his rock, fortress, and deliverer (Psalm 18:2). Yet David, too, made serious mistakes and ended his reign in a weakened condition.

In your life, seek to learn the mistakes of Israel’s first two kings. Don’t take God’s blessings for granted, and never forget that you owe everything to Him. Make Him the strength of your life. Humble yourself before Him and remember to depend on Him. Honor Him. Worship Him. And give Him all the glory!