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by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…I have played the fool…’ 1 Samuel 26:21 NKJV

Your obituary says a lot about you. Towards the end of his life, King Saul said, ‘…I have played the fool…’ (1 Samuel 26:21 NKJV) Israel’s first king was destined for greatness till he decided to do things his own way instead of God’s way. When the Philistines attacked Israel he tried to rally his troops, who were immobilised by fear. He knew he should wait for the prophet Samuel to come and offer a burnt sacrifice as required by the law. But he said, ‘I’ll just do it myself. Under the circumstances, God won’t mind.’ That one act of disobedience ended his career. He died by committing suicide on the battlefield; a life filled with promise, ended in disgrace. You play the fool by: (1) Disregarding God in little things. Saul’s fall didn’t happen overnight. Little sins morph into big ones. Thinking, ‘It’s no big deal,’ Saul took matters into his own hands. He said, ‘…I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself…’ (1 Samuel 13:12 NLT) Note the words, ‘I felt.’ It can feel so right, yet be so wrong. Only trust your feelings when they line up with God’s Word. (2) Trying to justify your behaviour. Saul rationalised, ‘…I saw my men scattering…you didn’t arrive when you said…the Philistines are…ready for battle.’ (1 Samuel 13:11 NLT) Stop rationalising, repent, and obey God! (3) Letting resentment control you. Though he had the makings of a great leader, when David started to gain popularity, Saul’s resentment ended up destroying him. Most people learn from their own mistakes; wise people learn from other people’s! Learn from Saul; don’t play the fool.

SoulFood: 2 Chron 35-36, John 13:18-30, Ps 114, Pr 27:20-22

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