The Test Of Pressure
Psalm 139: 23-24 CEV Look deep into my heart and find out everything
I am thinking. Don't let me follow evil ways, but lead me in the way
that time has proven true.
When king Saul started cleaning the land from all its mediums, his
servants soldiers and the whole nation could have been proud of their
king because he was now pursuing a noble purpose. Maybe he gained
more honor and respect from his servants by showing such a determination
to do the right thing. And the more they praised him, the more he
was zealous about his enterprise.
Some while ago, king Saul had taken three thousand soldiers with him
to kill a single man, David. But this attempt failed, and Saul had
to go back home with three thousand soldiers who were definitely upset
about this useless journey because it was a lost of time, energy and
resources. They surely had better things to do, families to care for
and personal issues to attend to, than to wander aimlessly in the
desert. It was a failed attempt against David the "enemy",
and Abner, the commandant of Saul's army and the other soldiers must
have thought that their king cannot meet certain challenges and is
a looser. So it was about time for king Saul to save the face and
do something that would give him more consideration from his people.
He urgently needed to regain the trust and confidence of his troops.
We already know that king Saul had the tendency to please men more
than to please God.
this in mind, it is not impossible that his decision to wipe out all
the mediums of the land was an attempt to gain back the consideration
and the respect of his people. But the course of events shows that
his purpose was not genuine, since he went back looking desperately
for a medium to give him the answer to his dilemma. Saul's attitude
revealed that his convictions, his standards and his values were not
This story tells us that we should remain unshaken and true to ourselves
and to God in the midst of adversity. The test of pressure will always
reveal our level of faith and commitment to God. mt