It is important to observe that Saul did not become the first king of Israel by virtue of anything that he achieved or earned by himself. He was simply a man who was chosen by God. He was in search of his father’s asses when the good news of kingship was unveiled to him. He was not one of those kings who fought for the throne; he did not get the throne and crown by his own arm; God brought it to him by favour and mercy.
Notice that eventually, Saul disobeyed God and he lost the throne. He was qualified by grace, but he disqualified himself through disobedience; he stepped into the door of royalty that was opened by favour, but his disobedience to God caused the same doors to be shut against him and his descendants forever; disobedience to God caused Saul to lose a throne he gained by grace; disobedience cost him the crown he got without efforts.
Friend, the same thrones and crowns that may have come your way on the platform of grace and favour can be lost on the platform of disobedience to God. The same doors that were opened to you by the favour of God can be shut against you through your disobedience to God. The same opportunities for greatness that came not by your efforts but by grace can be lost for good if you continue to walk the path of disobedience to God.
Saul disobeyed God because he feared the people (see 1 Samuel 15 vs. 24). The people made him disobey God. The desire to please the people made him disobey God. Don’t be caught in the web of disobedience to God on account of your attachment to people; don’t let the relationships you share with people expose you to a life of disobedience to God; don’t let mere mortals make you miss your way in your walk with God.
When the chips are down, God is the One to enthrone and crown you; and that simply makes Him more important than any man you seek to please.