Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily [at Gibeah]
1 Samuel 11:6
At Gibeah Saul responded in anger to the promptings of the Spirit of God. Anger is not a very good foundation for the work of God. God's Spirit was responsible for stirring Saul's heart, but was not responsible for Saul's anger. When God stirred Saul's heart, the awful dirt at the bottom of Saul's heart was brought to the top and overflowed.
Have you ever done the right thing in the wrong way? Believers can do the will of God in the flesh. We need to guard our heart from wrong motives especially when we are doing the will and work of God.
Saul's hometown, Gibeah, has a bloody angry history. Gibeah is the city that refused hospitality to the Levite in the book of Judges and then abused his concubine. Gibeah is also the home of Saul. From Gibeah Saul sent out the twelve pieces of oxen to the 12 tribes just as a few years earlier the Levite sent twelve pieces of his concubine to each of the tribes of Israel.
1 Samuel 11:7 Oxen killed in Gibeah and sent to 12 tribes
He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, "Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.' Then the dread of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out as one man."
Judges 19:29 Concubine killed in Gibeah and sent to 12 tribes
When he entered his house, he took a knife and laid hold of his concubine and cut her in twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout the territory of Israel.
Gibeah of Saul was devastated by the civil war against Benjamin. It was this city that was the home of Saul.
For me to live is Christ.