Going Deeper: When Good Is Not Enough

Oftentimes we look at something we are working on and say, “That is good enough.” Usually this is when we have run out of patience or time or resources to do any better. So, it is good enough for us. We settle for our definition of good.

By contrast, when a man approached Jesus and called Him “Good Teacher…,” the Lord asked the man, “Why do you call me good? There is no one good but one, that is, God” (Matthew 19:16-17). Jesus reminded the man of the true standard of moral goodness, God. (Note: Jesus did not deny being good. Rather He pointed the man back to the divine standard.)

King Saul was exactly what we humans would call good. He was handsome, tall and a man of prowess. At least initially his reign showed promise, but his failure to heed the Lord’s commands led to his downfall. He might have been good enough for us but God’s standard called for more.

Join us this week as we go deeper into God’s Word to understand how Saul became king. Access the lesson handout here.

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