Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 41 – Saul

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What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Saul?

Context (1 Samuel 9-31 ):  Saul was the first king ofIsrael.  He was selected when the people rejected God as their king and asked for a human king like their neighboring countries had.  Saul appeared to be all that a king should be.  He was tall and handsome and was a mighty warrior.  But Saul lacked the conviction that in order to be king he needed to be totally reliant on God.  When Saul obeyed God, he did mighty things, when he relied on his own abilities, his weaknesses caused disastrous consequences.

Key Life Learnings:

God gives us weaknesses in our lives in order to remind us that we need to rely upon Him (1 Samuel 16-31):  Like many leaders Saul was a prideful man.  Instead of taking that pride to the Lord and asking God to provide him with humility, Saul allowed that pride to drive him to jealousy which eventually undermined his leadership and his people’s faith in him.

After David defeated Goliath and the people saw David as a warrior even greater than Saul, Saul became jealous.  Instead of asking God to provide him with humility and love toward David, Saul spent much of his time chasing after David and trying to kill him.  By this time God had rejected Saul as king and instead selected David.  Even Saul’s son Jonathan saw how Saul was ruining his life.

I know I have asked God many times to remove my own weaknesses in life.  In some cases, God has said no, and instead encouraged me to rejoice in my weaknesses because they daily cause me to be humble and to rely upon the Lord and not my own abilities.

What weaknesses can you praise God for today that are causing you to have to rely upon God?

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