When We Get It Too Easy

In 1 Samuel we learn of Saul, the son of Kish, who was chosen by God to be Israel’s first king.  Saul was still immature in his own eyes and had not gone through hard times before God promoted him to be king. Paralleling that story is the story of David. David was anointed to replace Saul as king, and he did go through severe trials to become king. One received from God easily, and the other went through difficult times to receive the same from God. Which one of the two benefited the most from their experiences? 

When God promises us something, we naturally want it to happen now. But, is it better for it to happen right away or to go through a struggle to receive from God? Let us examine the cases of Saul and David. Saul was essentially an insecure person. He received the kingship from God easily and as a result never felt secure in his position. He never had to struggle to obtain that position and thus in his own eyes could never feel he deserved what he was given. In I Samuel 15 Saul disobeyed God’s command about destroying the Amelikites. When he was to kill all, he spared the Amalekite king and some animals. His excuse before Samuel was, “I feared the people and obeyed their voice.” He was insecure in his position. He disobeyed God and God gave the kingdom over to David who was still a youth. Saul did not cease to be king that day, but the process had begun to make David the king in years to come. 

David was anointed by Samuel to be king while Saul was still ruling. Saul became aware that God was going to give David the kingdom, so he continually tried to kill David. David learned to be a fighter and warrior through all he had to go through. God was preparing him to become the new king. So, when David did become king, he was ready and secure in himself that his kingship was not in peril. He benefited greatly from his experiences and proved to be the king Israel needed. 

Trials are what prepare us for what God promises us. If God chooses you to begin a ministry then you need to go through trials so you can succeed. Saul went through no trials and was a failure. There is something I read about recently called the Lottery curse. It seems that most people who win the Lottery have misfortune from that point on in their lives. A lot of them if not most, lose all the money they won. This is not a curse, but it is rather an example of what happens to someone when they are given something they did not have to struggle for to obtain. This is how it is in the real world and it is the same with receiving spiritual things from God. If we want to succeed, the trials we face will prepare us to succeed when difficult times come, so we can hold onto what God has given us. 

Jeroboam in 1 Kings was likewise given the kingship of the kingdom of Israel without having to struggle too much for it. He was at least as insecure as Saul was, and he also was a miserable failure. Neither Saul nor Jeroboam was properly prepared for being king and both kept trying to do things in the flesh to hold onto their kingship. They both turned to doing evil things just so they would stay in power. What they obtained too easily ended up being a curse. Their lives were ruined. 

We should learn from these examples. God loves us and the trials He sends us through are always for our benefit. When we try to cut short the process, we turn to doing evil to obtain what God has promised us. You will not receive from God when you do this. It is patience we must have and a trial for which we must be thankful , because that trial is preparing us to be successful when God does promote us to a position He promises us.


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