This is King Saul at his finest. He takes charge of the situation and rallies the men to fight
back against their enemies resulting in a tremendous victory.
After their victory some of the men wanted to seek revenge on the men who didn’t believe in Saul and didn’t support him from the beginning. But Saul refuses, saying “No one will be put to death today, for this day the Lord has rescued Israel.” Not only does Saul refuse to take revenge, he gives credit to the Lord for the victory in battle.
Unfortunately, this is a contrast to the sad end that we read about later in Saul’s leadership as King. His humble leadership eventually turns to pride and ultimately leads to his downfall.
None of us are immune from the temptation of pride. May we continually remind ourselves of God’s grace and goodness to us. Anything good that we accomplish, any victories whether small or great, are won by God’s grace and power working in our lives.
Written by Shelley Witt