Whenever there is a war between two nations, two communities or a fight between two rival groups, there are bound to be casualties.
Casualty is defined as a person who is killed or injured in a war or an accident. It is also a person that suffers or a thing that is destroyed when something else takes place eg retrenchment which results in loss of jobs by workers. It is abnormal for a casualty to take place when a war is not fought, but it happened in this familiar story we want to re-examine again (1 Sam. 13: 5 – 14).
There was to be a large scale war between the Philistines and the Children of Israel. Samuel promised to meet with Saul and make peace offering within seven days before the commencement of war. Samuel never showed up within seven days, therefore Saul went and made sacrifice unto God. And immediately after this Samuel appeared. Samuel pronounced judgment on Saul (1 Sam. 13: 13 – 14).
The dynasty of Saul would not continue because he had disobeyed God and God had found a better replacement. It could have been better for Saul to die in the battle and his generation continued to reign instead of his reign terminating with him. Saul was the casualty.
Let us ponder on these pertinent questions:
- Did Saul ever think in his life that as a king he would one day make sacrifice to God not being a priest? The answer is No. Then what happened? 1 Sam. 13: 5 – 9
- Where was Samuel all along? And why did he come just immediately after the harm had been done? You cannot question Samuel and Saul did not. You can only guess. That this was perhaps to test Saul’s faith in God.
- Couldn’t Saul have persevered a little since he knew that God is the controller of the universe for without God’s approval there can be no war?
- Could we have done something different if we were Saul in the circumstance?
Let us consider the following:
- Having a child with almost incurable disease?
- An applicant roaming the streets for years
- A young unmarried sister who is growing older
- A childless mother
- And, others
We should never be casualties when the war has not started. Even if we are in the heat of the battle, we should never give up. We must fight and conquer. Paul in Rom. 8: 37 says, “Ney, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us”.
May God bless us in Jesus’s Name Amen
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO
SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. N. U. AKPAN (ELDER) ON 14TH APRIL, 2019