Saul lived to please people. David lived to please God. Who are you living to please?
When God is calling you to do something new or different – you will have to make a choice to follow God despite the desires of other people or what might be easiest for you.
Saul told Samuel that he didn’t follow God because he feared the people. You can’t let your fears and insecurities dictate your obedience to God.
Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. For I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and your words, because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.1 Samuel 15:24
If you live for the praise of man – you will die by their criticism.
You can choose to follow God even if you are uncomfortable, rejected by others, lose what looks like worldly success or you can choose to take the path of least resistance.
When He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, of whom He testified, saying, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will fulfill My entire will.’Acts 13:22
David was in no way perfect, remember Bathsheba – but God calls him a man after His heart because David was focused on fulfilling God’s will.
Twice, David could have killed Saul which would have pleased his soldiers and been fulfilling to the flesh but he was willing to follow God.
If you have been struggling to step into what God has for you – always remember that you must live to please God alone.