Thursday, April 26

How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture: 2 Samuel 1, Psalm 140, Matthew 8

2 Samuel 1:19 How the mighty have fallen.

2 Samuel 1:25 How the mighty have fallen.

2 Samuel 1:27 How the mighty have fallen.

Observation

When David heard that Saul and Jonathan had fallen in battle, he sang a lament, and three times he says, “How the mighty have fallen.”  Why did Saul and Jonathan die?

1 Chronicles 10:13–14 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

Saul’s sin and unfaithfulness led to his fall, and when he fell, others close to him (his sons and his soldiers) fell with him.

Application

Two important lessons.

First, anyone call fall—even the mighty!  Saul was the Lord’s anointed, the chosen king.  And yet he fell.  Recently, one of my heroes, a leadership mentor to me, fell.  While the jury is still out on what he did or didn’t do, at best, he made foolish and inappropriate decisions.  I would never have imagined that this godly man would do such things.  And his fall is having huge repercussions, affecting thousands of people.  

When you are a leader, when you have influence over people, you have a target on you.  The devil would love to take you down.  And the danger is that you begin to think you are above the rules, or too mighty to fall—both lies from the devil.  

The mightier you are, the more wise and careful you need to be.  Never think that you can’t fall—you can. 

1 Corinthians 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

Second, when the mighty fall, others go down with them.  Saul’s sons and his soldiers died with him.  His unfaithfulness cost the lives of those he loved most.  

This ought to make us think twice about any flirtation with sin.  

Years ago, I read an article about sexual failure.  The author made a list of the consequences he would experience if he was unfaithful.  It was staggering—basically, it would cost him everyone he loved, everything he held dear.  With startling clarity, he realized that nothing is worth that—especially not a few minutes of pleasure!  He said that we tend to maximize the pleasure and minimize the consequences.  But in reality, in life, the pleasure is minimized and the consequences are maximized!   When tempted, I’ve learned to maximize the consequences—to think, “Who will be hurt by this behavior?”  And that’s enough to stop me dead in my tracks!

“No man is an island.”  Everything you do affects those around you.  And if you fall, you take others down with you.  

It’s not worth it.

Prayer: Lord, protect me, protect us from foolish sin that cause our fall and the fall of others around us.  Give us a holy fear.