Samuel said, “What have you done?”…..
1 Samuel 13:11
Israel finally has a king – a good looking one, head above the rest. Saul started so well – although what’s up with hiding with the baggage when Samuel was looking for him? (Insert lesson here: When God wants you to do something, don’t hide behind your old baggage.)
In these chapters we see Saul about two years into his reign. He is still battling the Philistines. In this instance Samuel had told him to wait 7 days. But the people were clamoring and running around, Saul thought Samuel was not going to come. So Saul decided to perform the offering himself. Of course as soon as he was done verse 10 tells us that Samuel came.
1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the LORD your God, with which he commanded you. For then the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.
Further into the account, we witness Saul make another rash move in cursing anyone who eats until the war is finished. The people had to step in and save Jonathan from his father’s hand.
One act of impatience and Saul’s kingdom was taken from away from him. Another rash vow and he could have lost his son. Contrast Saul’s impatience with that of David. I know it’s too early to bring David into the picture but I can’t wait (uh oh). Anyway, make a note of how long it took from the time David was anointed as king to the time he actually sat on the throne. No wonder David is referred to as a man after God’s own heart. The man clearly knows the meaning of waiting.
Am I the only one whose toes are being stepped on right now? I have always said that patience is not one of my virtues. In fact my favorite phrase seems to be, “Hurry up!” In the readings, God is clearly showing me what could happen if I continue to be my old impatient self. If I refuse to wait for God’s timing and take on work that is not meant for me. I don’t want my ministry – whatever that may be – to be taken from me. And I don’t want my children to suffer needlessly because of it, too.
At the end of your life, wouldn’t you rather hear the Lord saying “Well done good and faithful servant!” rather than “What have you done?!?“
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]