The story of King Saul is one of the saddest in scripture and strongly contrasts with the lives of Jonathan and David. As we will read this Sunday in 1 Samuel 18, following David’s successful defeat of Goliath, King Saul is filled with jealousy, anger and malice towards God’s anointed one. We see at the root of Saul’s behavior is an unbelief in the Lord’s promises, selfishness and pride. Driven by self-ambition, instead of repenting for his sins, Saul plots murder. God’s plans, however, are not thwarted by mankind’s futile efforts and while at times are difficult to accept, always work for good to those who are called according to his purpose. Jonathan and David understood this and the result was a strong brotherly bond, deep friendship and self-sacrifice for one another. As Christians, we all struggle at times with selfishness, pride and doubt. But we know “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Pet 5:7). Let us repent from our unbelief (Mark 9:24) and deny ourselves daily, picking up our crosses and following Christ (Matthew 16:24). It’s in Christ alone, where we will find true joy, peace and freedom from a shallow life of selfish ambition.
Mr. Ladd Lesh, Elder