Good Start, Bad End

A few days ago I was struck by news about a businessman who was arrested for committing a law offense. He was proven to commit various frauds and he also did tax evasion. I know him very well. He was a good Christian man, actually. He started his business three years ago. He had brilliant business ideas, had a good business strategy, had a good marketing plan, etc. Actually he could be a successful young entrepreneur but unfortunately he had a bad trait. He wants his business grows fast so he did any ways both legally and illegally just for the sake of his business. Too bad!  Just because of his impatience then he became disobeyed to God and finally God punishes him.  Besides arrested, another consequence was all of his personal and company’s assets were confiscated! It was unfortunate. Everything that had started well ended very badly. Good start, bad end!

This businessman reminded me to the one of Bible figure named Saul in the book of Samuel. Saul and the businessman have similar story. Let’s take a glance to Saul’s figure. Saul was a chosen people, handsome and taller than any people. (1Samuel 9:2) He also was known as a humble man (1 Samuel 9:20-21) and He filled with the Holy Spirit like a prophet. (1 Samuel 10: 10-13) Saul became a first King of Israel. See, Saul actually started his step very well. He had higher quality than others. I imagine, with the high quality he had at the time, actually he could achieve resounding success. He supposed could be a great king in his era and remembered all the time. But unfortunately, the reality was different. Saul was stringing his life story very ironic or even tragic. My dear readers, when I said to my husband that I want to write about Saul, He asked me, “in fact, what is Saul’s fault?” I know my husband was testing me with that question but to be honest it makes me ponder deeper. Well, let’s see what Saul’s fault really is. Let’s pay attention seriously to the Saul’s answer when Samuel asked him after offered a burnt offering, “What have you done?”  Saul replied,

 “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.” (1 Samuel 13:11-12)

 Dear readers, I invite you for a moment to go backwards to the days of Saul and imagine we’re close with Saul, also imagine the situation. People scattered from Saul (six hundred men left), Samuel didn’t come, and worse the Philistines will come. Well, what do you think? Wouldn’t it very sensible if Saul took action while the situation at the time was quite dangerous, right? So, where is Saul’s mistake? Did not Saul take precaution and rescue for the Israelites? Many people discuss that Saul’s mistake was about offered up the burnt offering. Saul was a king and offered up the burnt offering is a priest’s authority. Yes that is right! But…Saul’s impudence to ordered bring the burnt offering was just an effect and if we remain want to say it was a mistake, it wasn’t become a fatal mistake. There’s one big and fatal mistake that causes Saul fall. Let’s see… Actually, there was dealing between Saul and Samuel. Saul had to wait the time that set by Samuel. Seven days! (1 Samuel 13:8) But because after seventh day Samuel didn’t come while Saul’s men began to scatter, then Saul took an initiative to offered burnt offering. My dear friend, you know what, this’s all a matter of time. Saul cannot wait a little longer until Samuel comes. Actually the seventh day hasn’t finished yet and in fact, Samuel arrived a few moments after Saul finish offered the burnt offering. So actually, Saul’s impatience in waiting for Samuel became the root of Saul’s fall.

Impatience was the biggest Saul’s fault. His impatience produces disbelief and disobedience, and the result of his disbelief and disobedience, he took over Samuel position as a priest, and worst, there was a consequence. Saul lost his kingdom because he less of two or three hours patience.

Besides, this’s just my personal opinion (I’m sorry if I’m wrong). Saul had a personal interest. Saul tried to be sole ruler by concentrating political and religion power in his hand. He wants to be a hero, but he forgot that his act has been violate Samuel’s authority as a priest and it wasn’t pleasing God.

Now let’s see what Samuel reaction is. Saul might have a thought that he already acted right and wisely.  It turns out, Saul action wasn’t reaping a compliment from Samuel but he got the opposite. Let’s take a look what Samuel says in 1 Samuel 13:13.Samuel said, “You have done foolishly” Samuel’s reaction was clearly implies rebuke to Saul. My beloved readers, in this part we’ll see Saul’s faith quality. If we look carefully, from the beginning Saul used dangerous condition as an excuse to do something that turn out totally wrong, even Samuel said, ” You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God” Saul didn’t realize that precisely the danger situation put his faith and obedience to a test. He didn’t realize that indeed God is testing his faith. At that time, Saul was controlled by condition not by faith. As a man who chosen by God and filled with the Holy Spirit, in the danger condition Saul should be by faith completely trust , obey and rely on God, not using the danger situation as a reason to did foolish thing. Samuel said that God will have established Saul’s kingdom over Israel forever. It means God will also control the dangerous situation at the time; God will do something for Saul and his kingdom. But unfortunately, Saul’s faith fails and loses by the condition. Saul didn’t do what has commanded by God, he already doubts God’s power, and he prefers to act according his own understanding.

Every action is always having consequence. Like that businessman, Saul also got consequence. Because of his disobedience, Saul’s kingdom will not continue and God has sought and appointed someone else to be a king. (1 Samuel 13: 14) Because of his impatience and disbelief to God Saul should accept a bitter and tragic reality. His shining early career wrecked in an instant and because of Saul’s another fault at the later time, Saul had to end his story life tragically killed himself with a sword and the Philistines cut off his head. (1 Samuel 31:4, 8)

My dear friends, this evening allow me to use the story of Saul and the businessman as an example and reminder for all of us.  Make it as our reminder to always keep and maintain our obedience and faith to God.  When for the first time we take a decision to repent and accept Jesus as our Savior, we’ve already begun the beginning of our lives very well. We begin with a very good start. We receive God’s promises of protection, care and salvation as a form of His grace. But we’ve to know that not only stop there; we still have one important duty. Our duty is keep our repentance and salvation to the finish line by remains obedient to God’s command. When we’re in difficult situation, in the depressed state, or surround by hard problems, we’ve to believe wholeheartedly that God has power beyond anything. If God seems silent and do nothing, let’s be patience. Actually God is always able to free us from our hard time but not according our time but in His perfect time. So, let’s be patient! I strongly believe if Saul could a bit be patient waiting for Samuel come his story will be totally different.

My dear readers, what about us now? Let’s take time for a moment for self-reflection. Have we been faithful and obedient to the God’s word no matter in the hard times or not? Could we be patient waiting for fulfillment of God’s promises? Are we still able to hold our faith strong even in the most critical conditions? This evening, allow me to encourage all of us to learn from Saul’s fault.  Don’t do the same thing like Saul did so make us loss of God’s blessing just because of impatience we do the foolish thing and it takes us into the sin. Don’t make God regret like He regret made Saul to be a king.  We’ve to always totally aware that difficult and danger situation in our lives often become a powerful weapon used by Satan to tempt us and make us down, or sometime God want to test us to know how strong our faith quality, how obedient we are to do God’s command, and how much we patient await for the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Therefore, my beloved friends, it’s very important to keep our heart and mind always close to God so there’s no gap at all for Satan enter to tempt us. Praying that God always give us strength of faith, remain faithful and obedient to His Command, and has infinite patience.  Don’t make our repentance and the salvation that God has given to us become in vain just because we tempted to do thing seemingly good and wise but actually a foolish thing, bring us into the sin, and finally we will get very bitter and tragic consequences like Saul and the businessman. Don’t make a good start but with the bad end. Let’s make a good start till the finish line like Paul said,” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) Amen


Karina – Living by faith




60 thoughts on “Good Start, Bad End

  1. Thanks, Karina, for this thoughtful post about Saul’s impatience. A tough word, and a difficult discipline–waiting on God’s timing and God’s way. Your story about your friend is heartbreaking. Sabbath blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  2. Hello dear Karina! This post applies so much to this day and age where everything is “do it right now” instead of “seek God, listen, and obey.” Thank you sharing biblical truth and encouraging us to be obedient.

    Also, I have good news to share with you, and I hope to email you soon 🙂 I’m sorry it’s been so long! I hope everything is going well with you and your family. Talk to you soon!

    • Hello my dear sweet friend, Lauren
      Glad heard you have a good news. Can’t wait to hear more from you, Thank you very much for your lovely comment, Lauren. I also apologize been awhile not make a contact with you 😦 Looking forward your email, Lauren. We all are good here, thank you to God. God Bless.

  3. How perceptive that you should notice Saul’s attempt to consolidate political and religious power! That never occurred to me before. I think it casts new light on the story. We may no longer interact with prophets. But our culture focuses sharply on personal ambition and advancement by any means. Another excellent post — just one of many! ❤

    • Dear sister, Anna
      First of all,thank you very much for your lovely comment 🙂 Well, you know, crossed in my mind that at the time, as a king Saul had personal interest. He wanted to show to his scattered people that his was a good king. I think this a political movement and he was using religion aspect to meet his purpose by offered burnt offering. Yes I agree with your statement that our culture focuses on personal ambition. I personally have met so many people like Saul who have personal ambition and they use any means. Sister Anna, Thank you very much for always put great comment on my post. I am so honor. Have a nice day and God Bless.

  4. Hi Karina.
    Thank you for this word in season! I really needed to hear this. In a time when there is so much going on around us we can so easily look and respond because of what is happening but like you shared, God would want us to always look to Him, He would always want us to trust Him even though crazy things are happening around us!
    Bless you and your family for sharing this word with us!


  5. Dear Karina: I like your posts very much and do want to thank you for being such a faithful follower of My Precious Life. I smile every time I see your “like” on one of my posts. But better still, is your faithful following of Jesus. I love that even more. Keep up the great writing.God bless you and your messages. Patricia Ann

    • Dear sister in Christ,Patricia
      Thank you very much you put comment on my posts. When I decided to follow your and other blog I have to commit to read it and you know, it all makes my knowledge increased 🙂 Thank you very much for your appreciation,sister. God Bless and have a nice day.

  6. We should eat our spiritual meal of power each day, morning, noon, and night! We should pray earnestly for others as well as ourselves, and we should be selfless in what we share with others, and always put the Lord first. And we should always be patient as we wait for the Spirits urging and direction…humbly, and patiently waiting for His guidance. I thank the Lord for the moments you bless my day, and your messages are always on point! God bless you and your family!

    I Shall Wait On You

    I shall wait for you
    anywhere of your
    choosing, for you alone
    are worth waiting for

    The thought of your
    coming fills my heart
    with an unspoken joy

    And my heart is happy
    because I know You
    will come in the time
    your Father has chosen

    I know that you are
    kind and would never
    forsake me, that You
    will care for me

    You will lead me into
    a more fulfilling
    and wholesome life

    My heart lives to view
    your coming, that I
    may see your face and

    For I know it will
    surely happen one
    day and I will wait
    for you with a certain
    eagerness, of heart

    Because of your gentleness,
    your sweet grace, and
    The lasting peace only you
    can bring into my life

    Lord Jesus, I wait for you
    to one day lead me into your
    eternal kingdom where you will
    reign forever.

    Psalms 130:5-6
    “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his
    word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than
    watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for
    the morning.”

    Isaiah 30:18
    Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy
    to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed
    are all those who wait for him.

    • Hello there..
      First of all, thank you very much for visiting and following my blog. It was a great honor to me followed by fellow from Indonesia. I am surprised you know the late uncle Bambang “Bob” Sadino. I have read his books. Courageous to take a risk is must in doing business but we have to know first what kind of courageous we take. If courageous to against the law I think that’s bad and wrong courageous. Well, once again thank you very much for following my blog. Cheers!

  7. Karina, thank you for this powerful teaching that can certainly be applied to my life. I am impatient and have a tendency to take things into my own hands instead of waiting on the Lord, whose timing is always perfect. God Bless You!

  8. The walk of faith is a daily challenge. We may be tempted to cut corners to achieve our worldly goals. But trials and disappointments are actually opportunities to grow our faith. Thank you for the spiritual nourishment your blog provides, Karina. Stay safe and well. ❤

    • Dear, Sister Anna
      You are welcome, sister. Thank you very much for always give heartwarming comment to my posts. I really…really appreciate it. Thank you, sister. Stay safe and healthy to you too. God Bless.

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