How the mighty have fallen!
It may be easy to lose sight of the fact that it has 16 chapters since the Lord, through Samuel, took the kingdom from Saul because he continued to take lightly the things of God. For all this time Saul sat on a throne that was borrowed. He pursued it’s rightful inhabitant rather than bowing to him. Fear has driven him, but never genuine repentance. This anxiety leads him to one last offense before the Lord to go to the witch of Endor, leading to both a tragic and nearly comedic scene as even the witch acknowledges that God and and not her trickery are at play in the appearance of Samuel. Samuel foretells that Saul will die the next day in battle.
With each step in his insecurity and disobedience, Saul worsens the impact on both himself and his family. Righteous Jonathan, beloved friend of David, perishes beside his father. David’s lament tells the story with this mournful refrain, “How the mighty have fallen!” Indeed.
All the mighty will fall. We are not so strong that we stand. The greatest humans who have ever lived have fallen. We can, like Saul, allow this reality to turn us to insecurity and fear; like others to foolish, boastful self-deception; or like David to trust in the Mighty One who will never fall.
(Psa 23:6 ESV) 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
If we walk in disobedience and sin today thinking that the Day of our Reckoning will not come, we fool ourselves and waste the call God has placed on us. Run. Run instead to the Lord that you may stand in His grace and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Rom. 5:2)