1 Chronicles 10:13-14 “13So 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, 14and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore, He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.


 Most of us who have ever attended Sunday School have heard the story about Saul, the first king of Israel.  God had chosen him above all the men of Israel to be the king and lead the people. Someone who began so humbly became proud quickly and turned his back on God.  He chose to lead his way and not God’s way.

As a result, the kingdom was taken from him and given to David.  These two verses today occur right after the description of his death at the hands of the Philistines.  He died for “his trespass…against the Lord,” “because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep” and “because he asked counsel of a medium…and did not inquire of the LORD.”


 There is much to learn from this to teach our children. Our trespasses will kill us.  Wow, that’s harsh, but true.  Unless we confess our sins and turn to Christ, we all die in our sins.  We must all keep God’s Word or face the consequence of our disobedience.  And finally, there is only one true counsel we should seek – God’s.

If we teach our children those three principles that are so vital to their walk with Christ, they will realize life instead of death.  They will experience joy rather than despair.  They will walk in victory rather than defeat.  Isn’t that how you want your children to live?

And the same applies to you.  Make the right choices.  Follow the Lord rather than your own mind.  Our desires can quickly turn us down the wrong path, even when we THINK we are doing the right thing.  See God’s counsel first.  He can always be trusted to give you the right guidance.

O Lord my God, forgive me when I go my own way. Grab me and pull me back to You, where I can hear Your wise counsel.  Lead me Lord, even when I tug against You.


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