In 1 Samuel 15:17, the prophet Samuel reminds Saul that he is the King of Israel and anointed by God. At first it seems kind of ridiculous why an old man like Samuel would have to say this to a handsome, strong man like Saul, but it’s revealed in this verse that Saul thought little of himself. Let that sink in for a moment.
The first king of Israel thought little of himself.
Now, we’re not dealing with humility here. The fact is, Saul didn’t really know who God was and therefore didn’t know himself.
Think about it: if Saul knew God was good and wanted to bless him and Israel as a whole, then Saul would have obeyed God’s every word and trusted him. But he didn’t. He actually tried hiding when Samuel was publically declaring him as king! And of course, we all know he later became insanely jealous of David and tried to kill him.
So I think it’s fair to say Saul had some serious identity issues—even when he was successful as the first king of Israel.
And perhaps that’s the lesson for us all: Do we really know God? Because when we know God, we know ourselves and what his will is for our lives. When we know of his unending love for us, it enables us to love others the same way. We only love because he first loved us.
Sadly, Saul missed this point. But thankfully, we don’t have to.
Seek after God and you will find him. Know him and you won’t even worry about who you, because your indentity will be hidden in the wonderful sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his immense love for you.