KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 14:52 ” And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him”
In 1st Samuel 14:47-48 we are told that king Saul won almost all the battles he engaged in He was able to deliver Israel from all her enemies. Saul was very successful even after God had said to him his kingdom will not last. God is always the God of the second chance.
1st Samuel 14:49-50 tells us about the family of Saul. Saul was very modest when it came to women. He was married to one wife, that is Ahinoam. Saul kept strengthening his military with any strong man he saw. Every leader needs valiant men to play various roles. You’re to continually look out for people with potential to be great leaders to be enlisted to play various roles.
The Lord instructed Saul in 1st Samuel 15 that he wanted him to go and destroy Amalek absolutely. Nothing should be spared. In verse 9 the Bible said “But Saul and the people spared Agag (king of Amalek) and the best of the sheep and the oxen and the fatling and the lambs, and all that was good and would not utterly destroy them, but everything that was vile and refuse that they destroyed utterly.”
Saul acted in direct disobedience to what the Lord said. They kept all the things that looked good and destroyed all those that was vile. Please in this life the good things are only those things which God calls good. If he says he has refused it that means that thing is accursed.
Saul was quick to tell Samuel that he had performed all the instructions of the Lord. When Samuel asked why the bleating of sheep and the lowing of the oxen. Saul answered, they have brought them from the Amalekites for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen. Saul was showing he was a rebel. Rebels never accept their fault. They always put the blame on others. Samuel rightly said “behold, to obey is better than to sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of Rams. Please note this everything on this Earth belongs to God; there is nothing you can give Him that is not his. Just do as he says.
Now look at Saul’s weakness. In verse 24 he admitted he had sinned because he feared the people and obeyed their voice, instead of the Lord. Many leaders fall into this error. No man called you. Your allegiance, terms of reference and ultimate reward and promotion comes from the Lord. People never come first. It is God and what he tells you, that should be your focus.
Never place men ahead of God. King Saul lost his kingship from that moment. FEAR THE LORD AND NOT MEN.
Father we pray for all leaders never to fear the faces of men, but to obey you first before all things.
1 Samuel 15:22 ” And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
1 Samuel 15:23 ” For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king”.