I’m currently doing a study on the book of 1 Samuel and there are so many lessons we can draw from it. I have been meditating on chapter 13 for few days now and i would like to share something that has been heavy on my heart.
Saul was anointed as king over Israel by Samuel who was the priest at that time. The office of the king and priest were very important and both had different duties. The children of Israel were preparing to go into battle with the Philistines. Samuel has told Saul to wait for him to do the sacrificial offering before they went into battle. This duty was to be carried out by a priest and not a king.
On the 7th day, Saul gave up waiting when he realised that his troop were rapidly leaving him. He overstepped his boundary. He entered an office he wasn’t anointed for due to pressure.
What do you do when you realise that your troops are turning their back on you because God is taking too long to show up. They’ve been loyal to you. They’ve held your hand for years but now they are tired of praying for you. They are tired of helping you. They’ve become insensitive towards your challenge. It’s almost like you’ve been left to suffer alone. You’ve been left to go into war alone. What do you do when this happens?
I know that feeling of waiting for something to happen quicker because you’ve been receiving several words regarding it. There is a pressure that builds up within whenever another word is received regarding a situation. It’s a feeling of “Oh God is about to do it now”. And this excitement makes us set a time frame on my mind as to when this will be done. When this target isn’t reached, we feel disappointed.
What struck me was that Saul has actually waited for 7 days as instructed by Samuel. However the 7 days has not elapsed. I will take this to mean that Samuel still showed up within the time frame he gave. Probably he came towards the end of the 7th day. However Saul gave up before the promise was fulfilled. This action came with a consequence. He lost his throne. What a tragedy that could have been avoided!
When we go ahead of God, we are exposing ourselves to danger. He is to lead and we are to follow. Waiting can be very hard. God’s time is always perfect. God’s timing and our deadline doesn’t mean the same thing.
I pray we are disciplined and strong enough to wait on/for God.