He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 1 Samuel 13:8-9
Most people do not like to wait for other people. When they want to get something done, they do it themselves. Often it is because they have been let down by others in the past. Friends or co-workers did not show up, so the job had to be done alone.
Having patience to wait for someone else is not something most people have. They want the help and they want it right away on their own timetable.
Saul had done this very thing. He was getting ready to fight against the Philistines. He and Samuel had agreed to a set date for Samuel to come and offering the sacrifices to God for His favor in the battle.
When Samuel did not show up at the appointed time, Saul immediately took things into his own hands. He proceeded immediately to offer the sacrifices to God, something he was not allowed to do. As soon as he had finished offering the sacrifices, Samuel showed up. It was at this point Samuel stated that God was already beginning to pull the kingdom away from Saul, because he did not obey.
It is common for people to call out to God for help, but do not wait for His answer. Or when they hear Him say He will provide the answer, they do not wait for His timing to answer the prayer.
This is often done out of fear. They do not believe God can or will actually accomplish what He said He would do. Instead of following God’s instructions, they take things into their own hands. This shows a lack of faith in God.
God’s word has said that He will provide for you. When you hear that God will do this, you must trust His words. At those times when God says to wait, you must wait. Do not jump ahead of God and take things into your own hands. Leave the events in His hands.
God is faithful and will not break His word. He will do what He needs to do at the perfect time, not your time. Wait on Him and trust Him.
I pray today that you will trust God’s timing; that you will trust God’s word in your life; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will leave things in God’s hands.
But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24
People tend to remember two things from the past, the things that were really good and the things that were really traumatizing. The normal day-to-day things that occur in the life of most people are forgotten.
While there are too many things that occur in the day-to-day living to remember all of it, there is some good in remembering those things. Those are also the times when things are not going bad, though they are not super good either. It is when God is working in the life of a person in the background, silently providing for the person.
As Samuel was nearing the end of his work and Saul was beginning to take over as king, Samuel reminded the people to fear God and serve Him with all of their hearts and lives.
One thing that would help them to continue to fear and serve God was to remember what great things He has done for them. They were to remember their rescue from Egypt and other nations over the years, the provision of food, the building up of their nation and other things He has done.
This same advice can help a believer today to fear and serve God faithfully. Added to the list of what God has done for people today is that Jesu died for the sins of each one.
When times get tough or when times are good, a person can remember what God has done and know He is still working in the same way. This can encourage the believer to remain faithful, because God has remained faithful. It will also keep God at the center of the believer’s heart and life, rather than on the sideline and forgotten.
Take a moment and think about all the things God has done for you. These can be great miracles or the simple day-to-day provision. God does love you and works for you to help you be the best you can be. If God gave the greatest thing He can to you, death of Jesus to forgive sins, will He not also provide everything else for you?
Since God is doing such great things for you, why not respect Him and serve Him with all of your heart, soul, mind and body?
What has God done for you?
I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will remain faithful to God in all you say and do; and that you will stray away from God to the things of this world.
They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 1 Samuel 8:5
One thing common among most people is that they want what someone else has. If no one else really has an object, very few people will want that object. The thing will be questioned as to whether it is really good or not, worth it or not.
If no one has, no wants it because there ‘must’ be something wrong with it. If every one has it, then it must be worth it or it must be a needed thing to have.
Businesses play off of this mindset of people. They make advertisements that show that everyone has the product and that everyone else needs it to really live life to the fullest.
As Samuel was getting older, the people of Israel asked him for a king. They wanted to have a leader, just like all the other nations around them, to lead and guide them in how to live life and be a great nation.
Although the idea of changing leadership is not common for people or nations, there are other things that people want just because those around them have it. Groups of people are stating that others need to follow the examples of other nations or groups in allowing certain things to happen. Many of these things are against God.
Churches and believers are being pressured to be loving and kind in allowing people to live in open sin and yet still be a believer. This goes against God’s standards. Believers are called to be separate and holy, not like the world around them.
Following God will be different than what they world follows. This is for the individual, groups or even nations.
You must ask yourself why do you want some thing or to do some thing. Is it just because everyone else is doing it or has it? Or is it because God wants you to have it or do it?
Your life should be focused on serving and pleasing God and not be trying to fit in with the world. You are different, set apart to be holy unto God.
What you have is greater than anything the world can offer. What the world offers is death. God gives life and abundant life for all eternity.
What do you really want?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior and King; that you will find all your desires in God; that you will desire to serve and love God with your whole life; and that you will follow all the ways of God.