In chapter 10 of 1 Chronicles Saul is in battle with his enemies, the Philistines, it is during this battle that Saul and his sons are killed. Then in the final verses of this chapter we find this statment:
“So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)
In these verses I see some things that I believe ought to get our attention:
First, each of us has an appointment with physical death (Hebrews 9:27). At that point we will either have lived a life faithful to God or unfaithful to God. With Saul he made the decision to die unfaithful, for this reason the Bible tells us, God killed him.
Secondly, notice the reasons given for his unfaithfulness. He did not keep the word of the Lord. Each of us have this same decision to make, will we keep the word of the Lord or reject it? Christ said in John 12:48, “He who rejects me and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” Each one of us will one day give an account for how we lived (2 Corinthians 5:10). Make sure you make the right decision in this life.
However, not only did he refrain from keeping the word of the Lord, he consulted a medium for guidance, instead of the Lord. There is a lesson here for us all as well. Many today seek guidance from anyone and anything they can, without seeking guidance from God through his word. God’s word is the only true guide for man today (Psalm 119:105) that can lead man to truth (John 17:17). No man made creed, religion, or philosophy will ever be a proper guide.
In conclusion because of Saul’s disobedience he was cut off from the land of the living, and no doubt from his eternal reward. Don’t let this to happen to you, seek the counsel of God, obey His word, and He will reward you in the end (Matthew 7:21, James 1:22)