In our last study in 1 Samuel, the massive Philistine army had come against Israel in the Valley of Jezreel. When Saul sees the army, his heart faints within him, and he calls upon the Lord, but the Lord does not answer. And so Saul’s soul is greatly vexed. The Lord says in Isaiah 57:20-21, “The wicked are like the troubled sea, which cannot rest, its waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace for the wicked!” So what does Saul do at this point? Instead of repenting of his wickedness, he seeks guidance from a witch. Someone described his thoughts as “God has cast me off. I will betake myself to Satan. Heaven’s door is shut, I will see if hell’s be open.” Hell’s door is always open, but never has one found peace by going in. Saul was no exception!
As we will be reminded today, seeking guidance from hell through the occult is never an option for the believer. When God seems silent, we must humbly wait in faith until we hear from Him.