[CF Devotionals] 2011-07-02 - King Saul

When Israel demanded a king, God sent word to Samuel, that a tall handsome man named Saul would be coming to visit him. God told Samuel that Saul was to be the first king of Israel. Samuel followed God’s instructions and anointed Saul as king. Samuel gave Saul specific instructions on what he was to do next. Samuel said, “And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days, until I come to you and show you what you are to do.” (1 Samuel 10:8, NAS)

After Saul had waited seven days, the Philistines threatened Saul and the Israelites. In fact, the fighting men of Israel were so frightened that they hid in caves, thickets, and pits. 1 Samuel 13: 8 says that “Saul was still in Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him.” Saul had been told by Samuel to wait. But the Philistines were about to attack, and the Israelites were scared. What was Saul to do?

Saul took matters into his own hands. He said, “Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.” (1 Samuel 13:9) Just then Samuel showed up and asked Saul what he was doing. Saul explained that he had made the offerings because the seven days were up, Samuel hadn’t appeared, the Philistines were threatening, and the people were fleeing. Samuel responded that Saul had broken God’s commandment, and that as a result, the kingdom would be taken from him.

Saul, the God-chosen king of Israel, failed to follow the commands of God’s prophet Samuel. Saul lost patience and panicked. How often do we lose patience? How often do we pray about something and get upset because we do not get an immediate answer? How often do we turn our back on God’s commands? How often do we take matters into our own hands? God has a purpose for our lives. Often we don’t see the plan clearly. Let us pray for the patience to wait for God’s guidance, as we journey the paths of our lives.

Richard Moser

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