1 Samuel 13:13 Foolish Actions

“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.” 1 Samuel 13:13

The Philistines were getting ready to fight the Israelites. They were beginning to surround the Israelites, bringing fear into their hearts. Saul called on Samuel to do a sacrifice to get God’s favor in defeating the Philistines. He was told Samuel would come in seven days. When the seventh day came and Samuel was not there, Saul chose to offer the sacrifice himself.

As Saul finished the sacrifice, Samuel came up. Samuel was angry because Saul had not kept God’s command. He called it a foolish thing. Saul was told that because of this his kingdom would not last and it would be given to another person who obeyed God.

God’s timing and ways are above any person’s timing or ways. Most people get impatient with God’s timing to get something done. After waiting a time, people usually end up trying to do it themselves, instead of waiting for God. Doing this is a foolish action that will cause problems. It is actually disobeying God’s commands.

In your life, God may be calling you to do something at a specific time or in a specific way, or to wait on Him for it to be done. You must be willing to do it in that prescribed time and way. Looking at life, it may seem that God will be late and that all will fail if you do not do something, but you must be willing to follow God’s directions. To do anything less, is to sin against God.

God wants you to have a heart after His. One that will obey no matter what the circumstance or timing. When you do obey Him fully, He can establish you at greater levels than if you do things on your own.

What are your actions telling God about you?

Are they wise actions, following God?

Or are they foolish actions, doing your own thing?

I pray today that you will know what God wants from you; that you will fully obey God in every area of your life; that you will not fear God’s timing; that you will trust God’s faithfulness; and that you will not do anything foolish.


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