But now your kingdom must end…because you have not kept the Lord’s command (1 Samuel 13:14).
Saul, as the first king ever of Israel, could have set the standard. He could have raised the bar high. He could have been the measuring stick by which every other king in Israel’s history was judged. But he missed out on all that.
It was not only tragic but short-sighted too. The prophet Samuel told Saul, “How foolish! You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.”
Saul’s priority was about appearances. Saul’s priority was about betting on a sure winner. Saul’s priority was about working his agenda.
A mark of a godly leader is one who has made obedience to God’s Word his first priority.
The psalmist tells us some of the benefits—
- God’s Word keeps us pure
- God’s Word keeps us from sin
- God’s Word is the key to God’s blessings
- God’s Word strengthens us
- God’s Word preserves us
- God’s Word does us good
- God’s Word keeps us from going astray
- God’s Word lights our path
Make God’s Word your first—and highest—priority!
This is part 22 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts on this topic by clicking here.