The Lord Did Not Answer Him
1 Samuel 28-29; Psalms 109; Matthew 11
“When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium; so I may go and inquire of her.’”
1 Samuel 28:5-7
Why did Saul consult a medium when he had been chosen by God to lead his people?
Saul had not invested in seeking the presence of the Lord. His leadership had not been built on obeying the voice of the Lord, but rather on winning the favor of men. All of us eventually face a crisis or an enemy so big that we can’t find a solution in our own understanding. We need God’s help. Saul’s battle with fear had been life-long, and only the love of God could have delivered him. However, he needed to go to God for that healing; something Saul was unwilling to do. Now, at the end of his life, he exposed his true heart and sought counsel from a medium.
What will it take for us to invest in seeking the face of God?
“Father God, I humble myself before you. Your presence is more important than any other in my life. Have mercy on your servant this day.”