40. Draw your sword and run me through (1 Samuel 31:4).
The end had come for Saul. As had been prophesied, the kingdom passed from his family. His sons died on the battlefield with him that day. Saul feared becoming sport for the Philistines and chose to fall on his sword instead. By day’s end, the people had fled and the nearby towns had been lost to the enemy. It was a day of overwhelming loss–the kind that end the story of disobedient kings. There’s no silver lining here.
The king is dead, the battle is lost, and the people have fled. Yes, Saul has come to his end, but consider the loss others experienced in the same moment. A leader who doesn’t end well leaves a destructive wake, regardless of the good he previously accomplished.