Friday, February 19th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 10, Conclusion)
The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!...
Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives,
And in their death they were not divided;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.
O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury;
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
2 Samuel 1:19,23-25*
How many Hollywood stars were beautiful, swift and strong? How many began their reigns as men and women of God? But then ended their shows as broken, beaten and fallen.
'How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!' Battle? Surely rising stars must compete fiercely for roles. But every believer knows the real battle is airborne. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) controls media. Consider him the entertainment industry's manager.
But this hellish manager has been forced by the Owners (specifically, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), to give some fresh-faced performers valuable airtime. Actors, models and talent for Christ: this time is yours. So remember the good and bad, the rise and fall of Saul.
How young Saul was a humble, handsome and brave warrior, who obeyed God, his father and the prophet, Samuel. How he became a proud, jealous and compromising king who disobeyed God, got possessed, hunted David and died.
But David refused to denounce him in life or in death, as you must refuse to denounce the wayward stars you see. Instead, David chose to focus on King Saul's potential. His eulogy is your grand opening to rise and shine, without the deal-breaking behaviors that brought Saul down.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You have been cast as fishers of men, with shining talent as your bait, excellent behavior as your lure and God's Captain powering your boat. You have been called to shepherd His lambs, gathering them to follow your lead, offering them the best Example and showing them the greenest pasture.
* 2 Samuel 1: The Report of Saul's Death & David's Reaction: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%201&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.