Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

There were two men in the Bible who shared all these and more in common:

•Both lived in the same time and culture
•Both were raised by God from obscurity to nobility
•Both were anointed by the same prophet
•Both were elevated to being king
•Both sinned greatly

The two men are Saul and David. Saul’s legacy is that of failure while David’s is a legacy of faithfulness. Despite sharing so many similarities, they were on two different roads and so they ended up at two different destinations. The crucial turning point in both men’s lives was how they responded to their crisis of sin.
Saul was on the road to ruin even while at the peak of his power and popularity. You can read the account in 1 Samuel 13. When Saul sinned he made three critical errors:

•He Refused to Accept Responsibility: Saul blamed everyone else for his own sins.

•He Chose Popularity over Right: Saul went along with the will of people instead of obeying the will of God. This is always a sure road to ruin!

•He Focused on Appearance: Saul didn’t care about really getting right with God as much as looking good in front of the people. David too sinned greatly (2 Samuel 11), yet went on to do great things for God by responding this way:

•He Acknowledged His Sin: When confronted David confessed and fell on his face before God (See Psalm 51).

•He Repented and Sought Forgiveness: David wanted to be right with God more than anything else.

•He Submitted to the Punishment of God: David completely humbled himself and accepted God’s punishment without complaint.

Robert Pophal
Senior Pastor | Rose Park Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan