What's A Righteous Man to Do, Conclusion

"Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and he did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David, son of Jesse."

I Chronicles 10:13-14, NIV

 

As we consider the current state of our nation and contemplate just what it is that God expects us to do, it would be well to heed the warning found above. Saul had been made king by God, but he committed four errors that brought his reign to an end. What were these errors?

 

First, Saul was unfaithful to the LORD. I imagine most people don't consider that to be too big of a deal, because most people in America are, in fact, unfaithful to the LORD. It is the rule, not the exception. For those of you who are married, all you have to do to understand how "big of a deal" that God viewed unfaithfulness is to think how you would feel if your spouse was continually unfaithful to you. Unless you were some sort of pervert, you could not accept such a lifestyle, even from someone you loved.

 

Second, Saul did not keep the word of the LORD. Again, this is the norm for Americans, so it doesn't seem that serious. But imagine this: If you owned a company, no matter how small in the eyes of others, you would still consider it an affront to have en employee break all of your rules. After all, you are the boss and he is the hired hand. If he continues to break the rules to the detriment of your reputation, you would fire him. So would God!

 

Third, Saul consulted a medium - someone who practiced evil in an attempt to take the place of God. We have many such false counselors today, from politicians, to false preachers, to the politically correct. Men who reject the ways and counsel of God for their own ends. We do it all the time while considering ourselves savvy and sophisticated. God considers it sin, and He will not tolerate contrary advice and alternate gods for long.

 

Fourth, when he was in great trouble and could not make it on his own, Saul did not seek God. Imagine that - the One Being who had the power to know not only what to do but also had the power to do it, and Saul rejected Him. So God rejected Saul!

 

Do these things sound familiar? They should, for these are the very things our nation (and even some of our churches) have been doing for a very long time. Did you think that God would accept such a departure from His sovereignty without penalty? Again, sadly, I think most people do... how is that working out for us?

 

It is true that we cannot control everybody in our nation, so we can perhaps be excused for not stopping some of these things that were beyond our power of influence - but what about us as individuals? Have we been unfaithful to God? Have we failed to keep His word? Have we sought evil men for advice instead of God? Have we failed to inquire of the LORD...?

 

We must ask ourselves these questions and then give them an honest answer, because our fate hangs in the balance. For while God punishes nations in the "here and now" and brings them down from time to time (something that very well may be happening to America before our very eyes), the punishment He has for wicked individuals is a bit more lasting. In fact, it is eternal.

 

So, if you are wondering what righteous men and women can do, here it is: We can be faithful to God. We can keep His word. We can reject the counsel of the wicked. We can inquire of Him for help. None of these things are particularly easy, so most people will not do them. As a wise man once said, the masses of people prefer the easy way. But for those who are willing to pay the high price of serving God, we must do it. It will start with something that the man possessed whom God replaced Saul with: You will have to be a man or a woman after God's own heart! That will require total commitment, and a love for God you that may not have had in the past. But, if you are willing to pay the high price that excellent service to God demands, then you have it in your power to turn your life around today. Then, and only then, you might be able to do something about the state of our once great nation before it is too late.

 

Do you have what it takes?

 

"Now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after His own heart"

I Samuel 13:14, NIV