Romans 4; 1 Samuel 13; Psalm 58
Samuel was running a little late and Saul was getting nervous. The Philistines were gathering and might attack at any moment. Saul waited for Samuel to show and present the offering. Seven days he waited and then he gave up on Samuel. He needed to make an offering to God or else the Philistines might attack. In his impatience, Saul disobeyed Samuel and God and offered the sacrifice himself. As soon as Saul finished, Samuel showed up. “And Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue.’” (I Samuel 13:13-14a) The key in this whole issue is not whether or not Saul offered the sacrifice; the key is whether or not Saul obeyed God. When he gave up on Samuel for being a little late it was as if he gave up on God’s provision. Fear is a major cause of impatience. Saul feared the Philistines. He feared that God would not be with him and so he took matters into his own hands. As impatient people it’s easy to sympathize with Saul. We know that something has to be done and someone has to do it so we run ahead of God and seek to get things done without waiting on Him. As God’s children our call is to seek His will. Once we know His will, we are to seek His way and once we know that, we are to wait on His timing. Doing good things the wrong way and in the wrong timing is one example of impatience. Another way to describe that is lack of trust. Do we trust God or do we trust ourselves?
Oh Lord, it seems like sometimes You don’t really understand the urgency of the situations I face. Something has to be done and it has to be done immediately – or so I think. Give me a heart that seeks to know and do Your will in Your time. Give me the wisdom not to act when You have other plans.