1 Samuel 31:6
“So Saul, his three sons, his armorbearer, and all his men died together that same day.”
Death is the natural end of every life. However, the death of Saul and his sons was particularly tragic because it was premature.
Years earlier, Saul set in motion a course of life that was guaranteed to end badly. He began to ignore the Word of the Lord, and to live life his own way. Although the impact was not immediate, it was inevitable. Before long, Saul and his sons found themselves surrounded by an enemy they could not defeat. Things did not have to end this way for Saul. It clearly was not the will of God for him to watch his children die in battle, or to fall on his own sword to avoid being tortured by his enemies. All of that could have been avoided had Saul been willing to get off the road of self will and disobedience, and return to following the Lord, and His Word.
Not all tragedy in life can be avoided. Jesus explained, in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33); however, much of the difficulty we encounter in life is self inflicted. When we stray from the will of God to pursue things His Word forbids, it is inevitable, we will have to endure difficulties that He never intended. Many of the struggles in life, marriage, or family could be stopped, by returning to the ways of God.
It is not too late. The mercies of God are new this morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). No matter how far down the path of disobedience you have journeyed, there is an off ramp called grace, where God will restore you to Himself, and begin to restore what the years have stolen.