4 The Philistines set up their camp at Shunem, and Saul gathered all the army of Israel and camped at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear. 6 He asked the Lord what he should do, but the Lord refused to answer him, either by dreams or by sacred lots[a] or by the prophets. 7 Saul then said to his advisers, “Find a woman who is a medium, so I can go and ask her what to do.”
His advisers replied, “There is a medium at Endor.”
8 So Saul disguised himself by wearing ordinary clothing instead of his royal robes. Then he went to the woman’s home at night, accompanied by two of his men.
“I have to talk to a man who has died,” he said. “Will you call up his spirit for me?”
9 “Are you trying to get me killed?” the woman demanded. “You know that Saul has outlawed all the mediums and all who consult the spirits of the dead. Why are you setting a trap for me?”
10 But Saul took an oath in the name of the Lord and promised, “As surely as the Lord lives, nothing bad will happen to you for doing this.”
11 Finally, the woman said, “Well, whose spirit do you want me to call up?”
“Call up Samuel,” Saul replied.
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she screamed, “You’ve deceived me! You are Saul!”
13 “Don’t be afraid!” the king told her. “What do you see?”
“I see a god[b] coming up out of the earth,” she said.
14 “What does he look like?” Saul asked.
“He is an old man wrapped in a robe,” she replied. Saul realized it was Samuel, and he fell to the ground before him.
15 “Why have you disturbed me by calling me back?” Samuel asked Saul.
Dear God, this whole thing about mediums has always set a little awkward with me. I’ve always been in the “this all just seems wrong” camp. Whether I don’t believe in mediums or I think they are evil, it’s just always freaked me out a little. But I was listening to a commentary on this passage yesterday and I liked what the speaker said. He basically took the position that the spirit world is real–probably more real than the physical world I see–and it is not to be messed with in this way. Tarot cards, ouija boards, etc. These are instruments of Satan to give us false gods to pull us away from you and they should be rejected. So Saul was right to forbid mediums and he should never have messed with this one. It’s not like he got any information that would change the decision you made about him and his kingdom. In fact, Samuel was pretty upset about being pulled back. What an interesting story.
So what do I let in from the spiritual realm that I shouldn’t? Do I respect it like I should? Are there things I look to as an idol that can replace my dependence upon you? There is so much I don’t understand. Do I try to grasp knowledge that you haven’t designed me to have yet? I don’t know, I’m asking a lot of questions that I don’t even know the answers to. I can’t think of anything I’m doing that messes inappropriately with the spiritual realm, but on the other hand, if I even entertain sin in my mind am I giving Satan that entry into my soul?
Father, give me eyes to see. Help me to critically look at my life and my actions. Do it all for my relationship with you and your glory.
In Jesus’s name I pray,