We will conclude our look at Saul with the story of Saul and the medium found in 1 Samuel 28:3-25. Saul, out of desperation and in need of seeking God for direction, goes undercover to get advice from a medium. Note the following from this story:
Samuel is dead
Now Samuel was dead… (1 Samuel 28:3, NASB)
I have sat under wonderful men of God who know how to preach the Word of the Lord (and I still do), but I have never had depended upon them to get fed or to give me spiritual guidance at every turn in my life. The finished work of the Cross has allowed me access to the throne of God so I can approach the Lord on my own. That is what people mean when they say that Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship. Many Old Testament figures had access to God, though the approach was different in the Old Testament. But apparently the Lord only spoke to Saul through Samuel so that is who he depended on, but now Samuel was dead. We cannot depend on anybody for our relationship with Christ no matter how godly they are.
Saul lived in fear
When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid… (1 Samuel 28:5, NASB)
Fear is very controlling and it controlled Saul to act foolishly on many occasions. In Christ we should not be afraid of anything. If our will is not being done as in the case of Saul it does not matter, for we desire God’s will to be done. The Lord is in control and praise Him that He is. There is absolutely nothing to fear.
Saul had a troubled heart
… and his heart trembled greatly. (1 Samuel 28:5, NASB)
The heart is the bed of our emotions and God desires us to have a complete and joyful heart built upon the peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as our Savior. Saul was far removed from God, and thus, his heart troubled him.
Saul’s prayers went nowhere
When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets. (1 Samuel 28:6, NASB)
God did not hear Saul’s prayers. None of the common modes of transferring a message to man in the Old Testament was available to Saul. The Lord had long left Saul and though God wanted Saul to remain faithful to Him Saul did not seek the Lord. If we are surrendered to Christ and continually seek Him He will hear our prayers and respond to our needs.
Saul seeks the imitation
Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium… (1 Samuel 28:7, NASB)
Instead of repenting and truly seeking the Lord, Saul in haste goes after a false god. Why seek a phony god instead of the living God? Under the stress of circumstances Saul feels his will being threatened. He needs help and does not care where it comes from. Saul wants his will validated. Satan will usually validate anybody’s will if it is contrary to the will of God.
Saul pretends to be someone else
Then Saul disguised himself by putting on other clothes… (1 Samuel 28:8, NASB)
Why do we disguise ourselves when we come to God? He sees and knows everything. Do we believe we change the will of the Lord by pretending to be more worthy or needy? When we are completely honest with ourselves we can be completely honest with the Lord. God already knows what we need and it is character building. Allow The Lord to do the work that will become apparent when we desire God to expose what needs to be done in our lives.
It ends badly for Saul. The Lord will no longer listen to Saul. Saul started so well and ended up alone and dying in fear. If Saul would have let God finish the work He started in him, developing the character of being poor in spirit it would have turned out much better for him. Let us remember the lessons from the life of Saul; the good and the bad.
Allow the Lord to do the work that will become apparent when we desire God to expose what needs to be done in our lives. Let us remember the lessons from the life of Saul; the good and the bad as we choose not to be like Saul day by day, moment by moment.