Guest post by Robert W. Ray
Saul was tall, handsome and picked by God himself. Saul had all the traits of a leader; commanding presence, strong authoritative voice and a personality that made people want to follow. He also had the I’m in charge attitude once he became king. He constantly went to the prophet of God for his answers or for a voice of direction. He reads like a pretty good guy until he falls out of grace with God, and even then he apologies and cries and ask forgiveness. So what’s the deal? He did what he thought needed to be done to be the leader; a take charge type of guy. A sacrifice needed to be performed and the man of God was late, there was a war to fight, we’re burning daylight here. Lets Git ‘er Done and he performed the sacrifice without the prophet of God.
He did what I, and most leaders, would have done. We have a goal. The goal is from God. We proceed to perform and get it done. People follow people who lead, sheep need a shepherd, and it’s what we do! How is doing what God chose us to do so wrong? Simple. We do what we do in our own abilities. We take our dependence off of the One who put us here; the One who made us leaders of men. We do what is right in our own eyes. God save us from or selves.
When we look to do what we think needs to be done, at that crucial point in time to make all the pieces of the puzzle come together, we leave out the biggest part of that puzzle… God. By stepping up to the plate, and taking charge, we leave God out of the process and move on in our own pattern and in our own strength. We might know the right path to take, or in Saul’s case the correct pattern of events that need to take place, to ensure victory. But, without God, that is all it is, a pattern. It’s not divine, it’s not ordained or predestined by God. It’s us moving as men, blind and afraid that if we don’t do it right in the people’s sight they won’t follow. And we become failures. You’re only as good as your last victory. We simply become performing dogs for the circus and the people are waiting for the next big trick. Sit, jump through the ring of fire, roll over, play dead! We leave God in the shadows of the stands, and then want to blame Him when there is failure. It was Gods fault. He didn’t come through. I stepped out on faith and He let me fall. So when the big trick falls apart and we land on our faces, bloody and bruised, now we want to pull God out of the stand and tell everyone it was His fault. We point our fingers we cry and claim ignorance.
God does not want a performance and He won’t perform at our command. He insists on being God!
David on the other hand started out just as good a guy as Saul. People loved him. He could fight. He could lead. He was a man’s man. Good looking and daring. Later in his rule as king he made great mistakes; takes another man’s wife, gets her pregnant, tries to trick he husband into sleeping with her to hide his misdeed and when that fails he has her husband murdered.
Then why does Saul have the kingdom torn from his hand and not David?
People say it was pride, Saul’s arrogance to perform the sacrifice, his not waiting on the man of God. All this sound good but David did all of this and more. Why is David called a man after Gods own heart? David didn’t fool God. He didn’t hide the truth from Him. What is it that made David be the lineage that Jesus comes from? There is only one thing. David had a direct relationship with God. He didn’t use the prophet of God as a middle man. He didn’t go to a seer or a which to get answers. David went directly to God and then he would act on what God told him to do. Not the people. Not what he thought was right, but what God told him to do. David refused to be the trained dog. And when David does blow it he doesn’t blame God he goes into the house of God and weeps for forgiveness. The difference is relationship.