1 Samuel 13: 13 -14 – 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. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Saul was in Gilgal for many months. He knew the Philistines were assembling a huge army against him, and that once they were organized they would be much harder to beat. Saul probably felt that a quick response gave them the best chance to win the battle.
Samuel told Saul to wait for him at Gilgal. Then Samuel would preside over sacrifices and Israel would be spiritually ready for battle.
This added to Saul’s anxiety. First the waiting for Samuel was stressful because he felt time was his enemy. Second, the people were scattered from him feeling that the battle wouldn’t be fought and that the plan wasn’t working out.
The days dragged on and Samuel didn’t come. The troops were losing confidence in Saul as a leader, and beginning to scatter. Saul felt he was in a lot of trouble and plainly disobeyed Samuel.
Saul was a king, not a priest, and only priests were to offer sacrifices. Saul had no business doing what only a priest should do. Out of fear, out of panic, out of not knowing what else to do, Saul decided to perform the sacrifice not more than an hour before Samuel arrived. If he trusted God and waited one more hour, how different things could have been!
God has a great plan and purpose for us, but if we do not obey His Word, that plan will not be fulfilled.
Samuel knew Saul did something wrong. All Samuel wanted to hear was confession and repentance. But Saul’s response is a classic example of excuse making and failure to trust God. Line upon line, Saul made his sin worse with excuses – “I had to do something to impress the people and gain back their support.” “You see Samuel, it was really your fault. If you came earlier, I wouldn’t have done this.” We often try to blame our sin on someone else.
Why did God deal with Saul so seriously?
It was because of Saul’s disobedience that David was chosen to take his place. From the Bible we know David committed adultery and was forgiven, whereas Saul offered a sacrifice and was dealt with severely. Why? Because David asked for forgiveness; Saul looked for excuses and blamed others.
All of us makes mistakes everyday but If we are quick to repent and obey God’s commandments, His plans and purposes will surely manifest in our life.
Do we always try and justify our actions, or are quick to apologize?
The Word of God teaches us, that every act of disobedience takes us away from God’s Plan and purpose. Every act of obedience draws us closer to His plan and purpose. We can have an intimate relationship with God whereby He can reveal his Plan. God’s purpose is beyond our imagination, what our eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and what has not even entered our heart (1Cor.2:9).
I was brought to a retreat house 17 years ago – troubled with demonic problems and losing my memory ultimately. God forgave me and worked on me. I willingly submitted to Him and decided to obey His Word. When I look back at all the things that God has done in my life, I am amazed and overawed by His love and care for me. I have found the purpose that God had for me. He changed my future.
Are we willing to submit to Him, not because of the blessings but because of His love?
SOME DOORS THAT GOD DOES’NT OPEN FOR YOU IS NOTHING MORE THAN DIVINE PROTECTION. AND OTHERS, THE TIMING JUST IS’NT RIGHT YET.