“When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.” 1 Samuel 28:5-6
When Saul had not followed the Lord’s instructions to destroy everything of the Amalekites, the Lord removed His Spirit from Saul, rejecting Saul as king (1 Samuel 15 and 16). These chapters 28-31 are the final details that lead to Saul’s death and the highlighted verse speaks of Saul’s desperation and isolation from the Lord.
I have felt far from the Lord–especially, like Saul, if my distress was a result of my own sin or disobedience. In desperation, when I didn’t feel the Lord heard me, I have sought out others (friends, not mediums/spiritists) for their advice or comfort instead of quieting myself and waiting on the Lord. In retrospect, I see how fear leads me far away from God, and, in the moment, I try to satisfy myself with what my ears can hear and my eyes can see. I regret this later when I realize what I missed out on in my impatience: closeness to the Lord.
Saul was desperate. He sought out a medium for answers and the answer he received was death. I don’t know if the Lord would have answered Saul if he hadn’t sought out the medium. The Lord was grieved by him. I never want to imagine the full terror Saul must have felt, knowing his only Hope was gone from him.
I am saved from this terror because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Lord, my hope is in you. I can only give thanks. Amen.