The Taste and Test of Power

Saul the first King of Israel was well know for being strict against those who practiced witchcraft or divination. However, later in his reign King Saul was so troubled that he ended up consulting someone who practiced divination. He sinned against God and when he did this, things began to go bad. Saul tried everything possible to make things better, but nothing really happened.

In King Saul’s struggle for spiritual restoration, he made mistakes and paid so heavily. His reaction ended up becoming physical against Samuel. In reference to Saul, 1 Samuel 15:27-28 says, “And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou” (‭KJV‬‬). God had taken away something from Saul and Saul himself knew that very well. Instead of going after God in repentance, he made up his own means to restoration, but failed miserably. This really reveals that power grabbing is not of God.

In the same verses Samuel talks about Saul’s neighbor who was considered better. This was in reference to David, who later became King. David also had his own weaknesses, but he knew how to return to God in repentance. When he sinned he knew he needed a clean heart. He knew he needed a right spirit within him. David knew it was a bad idea to hang on to something that was not meant for him.

One day, after David had reign as King for years, his son Absalom rebelled against him and set himself as king. When David heard about it he just accepted the way things were going. He knew that if this was God’s plan that Absalom would take his place as king, then it was futile to fight against it. In 2 Samuel 15:25-26 the Bible says, “And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation: But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him” (KJV‬‬). David had no inclination to any form of power grabbing behavior. He just wanted to see the will of God done. David tasted power and passed the test of leadership.

Now beloved, let God be God in your circumstances and he will see you through.