Saul Must Have Known

Teaha had a very good entry…  Here it is:

I have been reading over 1 Samuel the past couple of days and I thought I would share this passage that I came across this morning.

5 The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand [4] chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash, east of Beth Aven. 6 When the men of Israel saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns. 7 Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. 8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings. [5] ” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. 11 “What have you done?” asked Samuel.  Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”  13 “You acted foolishly,” 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. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”

 This passage showed me the importance of waiting on God’s timing. This is relevant in so many situations in life. When it comes to career choices, relationships, and so on, I try to take things into my own hands, and see the mistake that I’ve made when it’s just too late. Saul lost his kingdom because he couldn’t wait for God just once. I can’t imagine how much I’ve lost due to my impatience.

 The natural inclination of any human being leans towards instant gratification, and maybe it isn’t necessarily a bad thing in itself, but it can be a host to a multitude of sins. Patience is a virtue too easily forgotten. Even when the circumstances seem bleak as they did for Saul, God’s will cannot be thwarted. The Lord delivered Israel, but the victory came through Jonathan’s faith and valor. In contrast, Saul’s sins continues to multiply from here.

 Also, Saul must have known from examples set by his ancestors that losing men wasn’t a matter of importance of as long as God was on his side. Did he not know of Gideon’s victory with 300 men, and victory at Jerico that involved not a drop of blood on the part of God’s people? Or did his own experience of defeating the Ammonites earlier mean nothing to him? I think in my own life, I easily forget the things God granted me, and lose confidence. That forgetfulness is a huge weapon Satan can use against me. This is why the discipline of study, worship and celebration is so important. Continually immersing ourselves in God’s word and reminding ourselves of God’s greatness and grace witnessed in our own lives while celebrating in His holiness equips us against the forgetfulness that leads to lack of faith.

 I think this passage is definitely something that I can apply in various aspects of my life. I’ve heard far too many times about irrelevance of the Bible. That’s a bunch of hookie dookie, as JJ would say.

Very good stuff brother.  Keep it up.  Your awesome.