“He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.” I Sam 28:6
The Lord was silent and Saul had no one to turn to but a medium. The man was truly desperate.
He was probably aware of what the answer would be, but he still wanted to know. Humanly speaking, he was doomed to fail this time fighting against his enemy. The Philistine army was too powerful and, apart from divine assistance, the Israelites had no hope of prevailing over their foes.
Saul was still holding on to a slim hope that things would turn out to be different than what he anticipated. His relationship with the Lord was strained, yet he needed him just the same during this critical time.
The Lord’s silence was deafening.
As a matter of fact, the Lord had revealed to Saul through Samuel all he needed to know concerning his future - his kingdom would be taken away and given to someone else, period.
What could Saul have done to alter the course of his destiny?
Being a king over a nation, it must have become increasing difficult for Saul to make any significant change, both in his thinking and action. He had gradually developed a sense of invincibility.
Power does corrupt; it also misleads. It blinds the powerful and causes them to become blinded to their true identity as mere mortals. Even if he had wanted to, Saul was incapable of repenting.
It’s crucial to keep our hearts sensitive to sin and maintain their tenderness through constant repentance. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of any known or unknown sin, making apology or justification for ourselves is a deadly route to take; we should be on our knees immediately, asking God for forgiveness. We should remain silent even if we feel totally justified.
Instead of getting down on his knees, Saul made a fatal mistake by searching for a medium for help. When God became absent in his life, he turned to demons for assistance. Is this the mistake that people often make?
What did the demon-possessed woman do to help Saul? Nothing at all. Through the help of demons, the woman might have had secret access to some knowledge concerning Saul’s immediate future, but such information only threw Saul into deeper depression.
Beware of fortunetellers who may have limited knowledge about our future, but have absolutely no power to change the course of our destiny. Their foreknowledge concerning our future is always foreboding and destructive to our psyche.
No matter how dire the situation is, running away from the Lord is never a good option.