Mourning Saul

“And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people..” 1Samuel 9:2
 
“And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.” 1Samuel 9:17
“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. 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.” 1Samuel 15:22,23 
“And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
 
Samuel was birthed from an impossible situation. His mother Hannah couldn’t have children. The Word tells us in 1Samuel 1:5 that the Lord had shut up her womb, but she sought God and allowed herself to become broken before Him. She asked for a son and vowed to give him back to God for His use. God honored Hannah’s prayer and blessed her with a son, Samuel. True to her word, she “..leant him to the Lord.” 1Samuel 1: 28, Samuel ministered before the Lord. The Word says he found favor in the eyes of God, as well as in the eyes of man. He sought after the will of God so much that every word he spoke was inspired by God and “that none of his words fell to the ground.” (1 Samuel 3:19). There was a greater purpose in everything he said. At the appointed time, he began to judge Israel. He built an altar there and lead Israel under the hand of God. But as Samuel grew and his sons were born, he allowed them to also serve as judges over Israel. But unlike Samuel they chose not to follow after God and allowed bad judgement and perverseness to come into the land. So the people of Israel asked for a king as the other nations surrounding them had. This wasnt God’s intent for the nation of Israel, but he allowed a king to be chosen. God spoke unto Samuel and directed him to Saul, thus Saul became the first king of Israel.

 Saul was a handsome man. The word says there wasn’t a “goodlier” man than Saul throughout all of Israel. He was tall, and well-built. The word says from his shoulders up he stood taller than all the men of Israel. Saul looked the part of a king, but that is about as far as Saul’s ability to be king went. By his outward appearance the nation of Israel felt they had a wonderful king, and one deserving of their loyalty. This was the man… the king that they had asked for. But Saul’s actions were not as pleasing as his outward appearance. He made poor decisions. Instead if obeying the word of the Lord, Saul did what he felt was right. And because of this God rejected him as king.

 

I think of Samuel at this point. I wonder how he felt. Did he feel he had failed? Remember, Samuel was birthed for the sole purpose of being used by God. Every decision he made had been pleasing to God, every word he spoke was so intent on pleasing God that they never fell short of what he spoke. Samuel had done everything right. Samuel had made the right decisions and said the right words. And then…Saul.

Can any of you relate to Samuel? Has there ever been any of you who’ve said, I’ve made all the right decisions in life… I’ve done everything I was supposed to do, I guarded my heart, I guarded my mouth, I did everything that I felt God would be pleased by, and yet, everything still fell apart.

I wonder if Samuel questioned himself, I wonder if he thought he’d missed the will of God completely. The word says Samuel mourned after Saul, he grieved after his loss. Samuel recognized something had been lost, something of significance. But while Samuel mourned, God was still working. And though Saul had failed and it broke Samuel’s heart, there was another king that God had already purposed in his heart. God asked Samuel “How long will you mourn for Saul?” God recognized that there was time to remember the loss because He asked how long, how long instead of why. There was reason to hurt, but there was a greater purpose in moving on.

So I ask you, how long will you mourn for Saul? What is your Saul? A relationship that you’d given yourself to? A job that had invested all you had in? Children that you’ve prayed about day and night? What have you lost? What caused you to question yourself? What caused you to feel like a failure? There’s a time to mourn that loss. I think it’s healthy for an individual to say.. “This was mine and I loved it. I had planned on this to always be mine, and now it’s not, so I hurt.” Go through your pain, mourn the loss, and then move on. There is a greater purpose and a greater joy after the mourning. How long will you mourn for Saul? There is a king waiting for you. It’s as if God is saying, “I can’t anoint the king I’ve chosen for you as long as you’re mourning after Saul. The king can’t take his throne until you lay to rest the past and look toward the future”.

God has purposed a king for your life. Your king may not look like what you imagined. David didn’t, but David was a man after God’s own heart. David acted like a king, he didn’t just look like a king. But Samuel had to move on from Saul so that David could begin his reign. How long will you mourn? There’s a king waiting.

 

Author: Britney Wilkes
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