The “Witch” way to trouble!
Scripture reading for March 24th: 1st Samuel 27-31
Our world is full of curious people and many would like to know what tomorrow holds for them. If they had that information, they could get rich, save themselves from disaster, or control the world. But God warns us not to seek any source other than Him for information about the future! (Leviticus 19:31) When we do, we risk deception and death!
Saul, under torment by an evil spirit, sought information about the future by disguising himself and going to visit a medium. He had tried to seek the Lord first, but God didn’t speak through the priests or prophets. (1st Samuel 28:5-6) Earlier he had banned all witches, mediums, and sorcerers from the land in accordance with the law of God but now sought out one for his own use. He had a habit of partial obedience that was a fatal flaw in his character!
God allowed the spirit of Samuel to be brought up from the dead through this medium. Samuel spoke prophetically to King Saul one last time, pronouncing his coming death the next day. (1st Samuel 28:16-19) Saul was in rebellion and under God’s judgment and found truth hard to face. True to the word of Samuel, Saul and his sons died the next day. Saul was wounded and asked his armor bearer to take his life. The armor bearer was terrified and refused, so Saul fell on his own spear! Even in his death, he took matters into his own hands! (1st Samuel 31:2-6)
The life and death of this first king of Israel has much to teach us. Saul’s anointing by Samuel was a wonderful opportunity to rule and lead under God’s guidance. Saul’s choice to disobey God’s instructions brought consequences that eventually lead to his death. Someone has said, “sin truly takes us further than we want to go, holds us longer that we want to stay, and exacts a price higher than we want to pay”.
Examine yourself right now. If you are doing something in clear disobedience to the Word of God, take time to get down on your knees and repent! Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry, it turning to a new direction of obedience by faith! (2nd Corinthians 7:9-11) Continuing in disobedience is rebellion. Rebellion is like the sin of divination and leads to trouble and death! (1st Samuel 15:23)