A really challenging passage of scripture to look at today. Read chapter 28 here
In this chapter we see King Saul fearful because of the gathering Philistine army
4 The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. 6 He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. 7 Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.”
During his leadership Saul had expelled all the mediums from the land. He’s now full of fear and is looking for answers and deliverance from his enemy. Where does he go first?
He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets
So Saul went to God first. He did what every good believer should do but he didn’t get any answers, or maybe he didn’t get the answers he wanted. Either way, he seeks out another form of help and consults a medium
Have you been in that place, where you feel God has departed from you or you didn’t get the answers you wanted? Do you go and find the answers somewhere else or do you trust that God is good and try and live a life that honours Him alone? Do you wait on his timing or force your own?
This passage goes on and Saul asks the medium to speak to the dead Samuel. We read that Samuel speaks of Saul’s death and indeed, the next day, Saul dies. It has been debated whether this really was Samuel speaking to Saul, or some demonic spirit or an act of trickery on behalf of the medium.
Whatever the reality of this circumstance, there is a clear message:
Guidance comes from God, don’t try and force God’s hand, submit to God’s way above your own
This passage throws up so many thoughts, questions, discussions that simply can’t fit into a daily devotional. If you’re looking to dig deeper, why not get a few people together and really wrestle with a passage like this.