Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 31
Key Verse: So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and his troops all died together that same day. – 1 Samuel 31:6
There was a gravestone that read: “Remember friend, as passing by, as you are now so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. Prepare for death to follow me.” Below that message someone wrote: “To follow you I’m not content, until I know which way you went.”
1 Samuel 31 paints a sad picture of Saul’s last day. A life that has been tarnished and humiliated by sin. In 1 Samuel 9:2 we are introduced to Saul as “the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land.” In contrast, he ends his life with the nation he is leading is defeated (31:1). Three of his sons are killed (31:2). He is serious wounded (31:3) and commits suicide (31:4). His head is cut off his dead body (v:9), and his dead body hung on a wall. What an affect sin has on our life.
What do you think would have been the epitaph on King Saul’s gravestone? “Here lies a man who turned his back on God.” Here lies a man who started off good.” “Here lies a man who was controlled by jealousy and anger.”
We can spend a lot of time criticizing Saul, but we would do better to reflect on our decisions. How do our choices today affect tomorrow? What are you doing with the opportunities that God has given to you? Like Saul we will be remembered for something, but will we be remembered for living a life that brought glory to God.