Thursday, February 18th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 9)
Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons. The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers... So Saul, his three sons, his armorbearer, and all his men died together that same day.
1 Samuel 31:1-3,6 (NKJV)
For most of us possessing full movement and all five senses, a physical disability is a frightening thought. I consider those who push beyond such challenges heroes. To me, medalled vets who pushed beyond their foes are no greater.
But since mental disability ran through my family, with deep depressions, anxiety, nervous breakdowns and more, I was even more afraid of the state called insanity.* King Saul not only lost the Lord's Spirit, but also his mind. The tragedy of fearful delusions haunted his kingship.
Leading up to his life's hard conclusion were bad ideas: like sentencing his brave son, Jonathan, to a nonsense death;** like seeking David's good life out of a nonsense jealousy; like giving his own daughter, David's wife, to another man; like visiting a medium after banishing spiritists.
Surely, Saul's greatest tragedy was moving away from God. This movement destroyed not just him, but almost all of his kin.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Generational curses are real. We see them run through our families. But if your ancestors were guilty of bad spiritual decisions, Jesus loves to set the captives free. Study deliverance ministry.
On a broader scale is media, tying masses of fans together. Their fervent devotion seems crazy, almost like King Saul chasing David. They're fanatically attentive, beyond reason or useful purpose. Perhaps they're lost lambs seeking guidance.
To Be Continued...
* Praise be to Jesus, I believe this generational curse has been broken in me and my house. Nevertheless, I am painfully aware of the injury mental illnesses can wreak - both in those afflicted and their loved ones.
** The people under Saul did not support Saul's rash sentence toward the day's hero, his son, Jonathan. So, Jonathan did not die that day.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.