“What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” from 1 Samuel 13
Samuel had told Saul to wait for him for seven days and then he would come and make a sacrifice for the Israelites before their battle with the Philistines. Saul waited seven days and when Samuel didn’t show up, he decided to make the sacrifice himself. This was in direct disobedience to God’s commands in Leviticus.
Samuel does arrive right as Saul finishes and boldly reprimands the king. Saul tries to cover his sin by shifting the blame to Samuel and trying to justify his actions as godly. Samuel then tells him that because he choose to disobey he will not have his son succeed him as king and God will give his throne to another.
As I was reading this story from Sunday today I felt God was showing me how this is often how I react to His timing. I will wait for God for a bit, like a year…or five minutes…But then I give up and take matters into my own hands. And then I justify it by trying to say it is someone else’s fault or making up a reason why it was the right thing to do. And it might not be that what I did was evil, but I wonder what I am missing out on when I do things my way.
Sin is anytime I choose my way OVER God’s way. It might not be a bad idea, and it might be someone else’s fault. And maybe in my tiny understanding God is taking too long…But maybe God is doing something bigger. And I don’t want to miss that.
Wait on the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord. May I just wait on you today Jesus.
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