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Monday, April 25, 2016

A Fitting Epitaph ( 1 Chronicles 10:13-14a)

 "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 did not inquire of the Lord."
Those thirty-two words summarize Saul's life. What would be a fitting epitaph on Saul's tomb?
  • "Here lies a man who was unfaithful to the end"
  • "Here lies a small man in a large body"
  • "Without God in life, without God in death"
  • "Here lies a man who totally wasted his life"
When I consider Saul's life I think "What a waste!" Scripture records several events in the early days of his reign where Saul deliberately disobeys God. Many silent years pass by until David enters the picture. Instead of defeating the Philistines Saul spends the remaining years of his reign trying to kill David.

Did he ever stop and think, "What am I doing with my life?", "What will others say about me when I'm gone?", or "How will God evaluate my life?". Scripture gives no indication that Saul ever prepared for death or prepared to give an account of his life to God. Because Saul did not fear the Lord he did not prepare for death.

Living for that day demands deliberation and intentionality. God has entrusted each of us with gifts, talents, opportunities, resources, and time. How will we use them? Saul leaves a legacy and it isn't a pretty one. We too will leave a legacy. An epitaph will condense our lives into one brief statement. I wonder what mine will say?

Questions for today's Chronological reading:
1 Samuel 30:1-31:13; 1 Chronicles 10:1-14
  • What happens that causes David's men to turn against him?
  • What is David's first reaction to what has occurred?
  • What does this tell you about David?
  • God had given Saul the responsibility to destroy the Amalekites years earlier. How does his disobedience affect others?
  • What does David do that wins the hearts of the people of Judah?
  • How does Saul's life end?
  • How do the Philistines view Saul's death?
  • Why does the Amalekite take credit for killing Saul?
  • How does David honor King Saul even in death?
  • What does this tell you about David?
  • What does David's reaction teach the people about authority?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to help you live in light of eternity.