This weekend we learned from the account of Saul’s life. Pastor David shared from 1Samuel 13. (you can see the full text below). We read about how Saul had been given some specific instructions and that when Saul saw his men “trembling with fear” and “slipping away” that he chose to override the direction that he had gotten. He sacrificed the burnt offering himself, and did NOT wait for Samuel to arrive.
“Just” as Saul was finishing, Samuel arrived. Samuel asked him, “What is this you have done?” Saul’s response to Samuel’s question, lists the many external reasons that had caused him to, feel “compelled.”
In the following response from Samuel, we see the resulting consequences to Saul’s actions.
What are some of the the lessons we can take from this account?
!. Don’t forfeit the blessing on the 7th day! – We may not understand His timing and His ways, but no one who trusts Him will ever be disappointed that they waited. He’s that kind of God. Samuel arrived “just” as Saul was finishing up. He just missed it. Don’t give up…hold tight …His timing is ALWAYS PERFECT!
2.” When God says there’s a promise ahead of you, STEP INTO IT…and RUN WITH FAITH.” -How many times have we had a promise or word from God and known that it was Him, and then after time or pressure or both…decided to make our own version of the promise come true or give up. We may never know the fullness of what we forfeit when we refuse to trust Him and do things His way. Hebrews 11:6 “And it is impossible to please God without faith.”
Each of us has an opportunity to learn from Saul’s life. Will we be people who trust God’s ways above our own reasoning and the pressures of the day? Will we be a people that allow fear to deter us?… Or, will we be a people that allows faith to grow by choosing to trust His plan and His ways even when we don’t see or understand why?
I Samuel 13:8-13
Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. 8 Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away.9 So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.
10 Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?”
Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”
13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”