1 Chronicles 10: Do Our Jobs
We have heard this story from 1 Chronicles 10 before, but it is still pretty tragic. Saul started off as great king, and he was chosen by God. However, he then made a series of very bad decisions to ultimately cause God to have him replaced.
His biggest mistake is outlined at the end of this chapter.
1Ch 10:13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;
1Ch 10:14 And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
He went to another source rather than God, and I have to admit that he really could not have made much worse of a decision. After all, God is very clear that you cannot have any other gods, and consulting with a medium would definitely be pretty low on that list of good decisions.
I think this is a great one for all of us. You can certainly be called by God to do something. Obviously, God chose Saul to put on the throne. However, Saul made some decisions that disqualified him for leadership. As a result, God had him replaced by David.
That is why it is so important to be careful about what we do. Sometimes it only takes a little errors to destroy a testimony and a limit the influence that we can have for God and sharing with others. We need to make sure that we are doing things that would first of all honor God. If we are not going to use everything that we had been given to honor God, it is certainly possible that He will find someone else to do the job.