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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Pursue Righteousness (1 Chronicles 10)

Have you ever had someone wrong you over and over and wondered when they would get their just reward, their consequences? Do you think David ever felt that way about Saul?

Saul hunted David down and tried to kill him over and over. Yet David did nothing but show love, respect, and honor to Saul. In fact, God even gave David opportunities to take revenge on Saul. But David knew it would be against God and refused to harm Saul in any way. This is why God called David, "a man after His own heart."

David hoped and prayed that Saul would repent and turn back to God. But David also knew that if Saul refused, God would take vengeance on Saul in His time. And that's exactly what happened. We saw the account of Saul's death in 1 Samuel 31. But here in 1 Chronicles, we learn some additional details about why Saul died:

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.

God took Saul's life for two reasons:

  1. Saul didn't keep God's word. He was constantly doing things his own way.

  2. Saul sought counsel of a medium rather than seeking God's counsel.

Saul disobeyed God both actively and passively.

He actively disobeyed God by trying to murder David, disregarding God's instructions, and seeking guidance from a medium.

But Saul also passively disobeyed God by neglecting to seek God for guidance after he was anointed as Israel's first king.

Obedience to God is both active and passive. It is not enough to just avoid what is wrong; we must actively pursue what is right.

Lord, let me seek your guidance in all things, listen, and obey You. Help me pursue your righteousness rather than doing what is right in my own eyes.

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