by Stephen Whitney

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Saul: Foolish Decision (7 of 18)
Series: Lessons from the Lives of OT Characters
Stephen Whitney
1 Samuel 13:8-14

We all make foolish decisions in our lives, but probably not as foolish as best friends Larry Slusher and Silas Caldwell did one day when Larry asked Silas to shoot a beer can off the top of his head. Police say Silas obliged - but missed hitting Larry, who was 47 years old in the head. He was in critical condition at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville.

His lifelong friend Silas Caldwell, who is also 47 years old, was charged with felony assault and was being held in jail. The County Sheriff said, ''The one that got shot put the beer can up on the top of his head and told his buddy to shoot it off. He missed the can and hit his head. I don't think there were any arguments or anything because they were the best of friends.''

We can make foolish decisions in any area of our life such as:
what we eat, how we spend our money, how we take care of our body, how we spend our time or how diligent we are in our relationship with the Lord.

Some foolish decisions cost us more than others. If it involves money it may take us time to climb out of the hole we have gotten our self into. If it is a physical problem we may have change our habits or live with the issue the rest of our life.

If it is spiritual disobedience to the will of God we may be disciplined for it. Sometimes God's discipline for an individual
is more severe than other times depending on their disobedience, who they are and what position they hold.

Background :1-7
After he had been king for two years Saul picked a fight with the Philistines who continued to live in the land God had promised to Israel. His son Jonathan defeated one garrison which encouraged Saul called out the whole army of Israel to fight against them. This was one of the reasons Israel had asked for a king (8:20).

The Philistines responded by mustering their army of 30,000 chariots, 6,000 ...

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