The people’s king—Saul a Benjaminite left to find his father’s donkeys. But God had a bigger plan. He led him straight to Samuel and he prepped Samuel to meet the 1st human King of Israel. He was the perfect pick from man’s point of view. Tall, Strong and Handsome. He was a good kid that was concerned for his Father and his father’s stock. He was a strong warrior and was not a male Diva. But, he was not God. That was the point. The people of Israel were ready to trade their life of freedom following their heavenly father—for following a good man. While that choice does not sound horrific on its face, it is horrific. It is horrific because there simply is no good second choice other than following god.
In our lives, we often are faced with the challenge of choosing between God and Good. They seem so close. They are only a letter apart…BUT!!!!! That difference is the beginning of the end of close fellowship with the Lord. It always starts with a slight deviation but, then like a snowball, as it progresses it moves more quickly and grows more giant and out of control. We are simply not capable of dabbling in idol worship. When we begin to replace God, we quickly replace him completely. We embrace things we once abhorred. We overlook things we used to stand against. No one wakes up one day and says I want to disassociate from God—it is a slow progression that requires great pain and change to reverse. It is simply best and easiest to seek him and him only. Simple, freeing and complete.
Do Not Replace God With ANYONE or ANYTHING!
God Bless You
9 There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. 2 Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else…14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.
15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”
17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”