It was a horrendous day for the Israelites. Jonathan had just attacked the philistines garrison in Geba and as a result, the Philistines gathered their army to retaliate. They mustered such a vast troop that caused most of the Israeli warriors to scamper away in safety and some others joined the enemy’s camp. Nonetheless, there were those who stayed back and followed King Saul but they were too frightened to their bones.
Now, King Saul had an appointment with Samuel who didn’t show up on the agreed day, and as his people continued to scatter, he decided to take matters into his own hand. Saul probably thought that the sacrifice is an assurance of God’s help, which is understandable but he did the right thing in the wrong way and It turned out to be a grave mistake. It cost him the right to establish his dynasty.
Saul had one major issue – Feeling inadequate and habpuring the fear of not measuring up to expectation, He was insecure. We see this when Samuel called him King. Rather than ask for the next step, His response was, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?” 1 Samuel 9:21 NLT and in later relations with David.
He was also concerned about what people thought or said about him. This insecurity affected his obedience. Saul forgot God saw his weakness yet still chose him to be King.
All God required from Saul was complete obedience and reliance. He could have used him to do great things as a king in spite of these shortcomings.
But as we know, God’s plan for Saul was cut short.
We all have misconceptions about ourselves that when we look at can make us doubt the fulfilment of the promise of God in our lives. We believe we have to help God to make His word comes true. SARAH had that too. She felt she was too old to conceive so though God had promised, she tried to help Him bring it to pass.
To think we can simply sort ourselves out because our human wisdom cannot comprehend the establishment of the word in our lives creates a dangerous mentality shift from God-reliance to self -sufficient.
Saul did this too. It was God’s will for a sacrifice to be offered but it wasn’t in his place to male the offerings. Understandably, Samuel was late. Someone needed to take a step and Saul, facing the fright of the enemy’s army closing in, his insecurities were further amplified. He believed time was not on his side.
Yet, at this time, was the exact moment he should have held fast to the obedience of the word. God would never have abandoned them there.
And for us, In seasons we feel backed into a corner, with no way out, or no other place to go, rather than focus on what people would think about you or let fear propel you, Be still and let God work. In waiting, we are taking action too. Yes, because we summon up patience and perseverance.
God uses whatever is available to create beautiful stories. He can start with the job you are working now, he can use the broken limb, He can use us just as we are. He is a specialist in making a miracle out of a mess.
On the other hand, Fear and impatience is a deadly mix. It creates panic and can keep us in an anxious state.
God is intentional and timely so He cannot be late.
There are days on this life’s journey we are tempted to ask, What is going to happen next?’ ’Where do I go from here? But In spite of this, we should not try to help God.
If we try to or let anxiety push us into making wrong decisions, it would have serious consequences. Saul was being tested because Samuel showed up just as he was concluding the sacrifice. It was a test of obedience. To know how far Saul can go in obeying God’s commandment.
God wasn’t going to have a person who cannot stick to instructions rule His people.
Peradventure Saul waited, it would have strengthened his endurance and secured the place of his generation as Kings over Isreal.
God is a committed lover who doesn’t embark on a project and abandon it midway.
You are God’s special project and He is 100% faithful to His word over your life. Be patient for a little while. Your predicament is not lost on Him. Maybe what you need to do now is no action. In times it seems God is silent are hours of our pruning and preparation.
The enemy will try to whisper to you, stir up the urgency for quick action in your mind, tell you time is not on your side, exaggerate the seriousness of the situation in your head and try to push you to take undue action. Guess what? Ignore him!
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”Psalms 18:2 KJV
At this point, God is saying,
If only you would wait for me,
If only you can fill your hearts with my goodness in your life
If only you would remember I care for and about you.
Let me, touch your heart
Let me, renew you
Let me take this weight off you
Let me breathe life into your tired bones
Let me be your God in the valley, in wait seasons and in your uncertainties.
I am the Lord thy God who keeps my covenant from generation to generation
In closing, I encourage you to keep doing what you are doing. Wait in the place of prayer. Wait in the meditation of God’s word. Prepare the necessary items for the sacrifice and wait. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Choose the meaningful over the urgent.
While you wait, you are getting tougher. Your resilience is stretching. Your stamina improving. Believe in God. Trust Him and soon the days of your groping in the dark would be over.
Till the morning comes, we will wait!
I end with this;
“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.
Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.”
Isaiah 46:9-10 NLT
You are loved💙💚💛