Do you ever wonder what God is thinking as he watches us in our daily struggles and situations? As I read through 1 Samuel I am amazed at Saul’s behavior, even though the Holy Spirit had come upon him earlier in his life as Israel’s King, he wasn’t willing to obey the words of God through the prophet Samuel. With the Philistine army mustered(13:5) the ‘men of Israel…lost their nerve entirely’(13:6).
Saul took matters into his own hands and offered the burnt offering to the Lord himself instead of waiting for Samuel. No big deal, right? Wrong! ‘You have disobeyed the command of the Lord your God…..now your dynasty must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.’(vs 13,14) Instead of enduring and obeying God’s commands, he did his own thing and it cost him his kingdom.
How often do you grow tired of waiting for God to act in a situation or in your circumstances and instead of praying and giving thanks, you try to fix it yourself, often causing all manner of chaos in the process? God has asked us to persevere, to endure, to wait upon Him and always remember who He is and the promises that He has given us. Regardless of the outcome, we are told to rejoice, to give thanks, to trust and obey.
Saul rationalized his behaviour to Samuel but God still called him to account for his actions. Do not grow tired of waiting for Him to act. Instead trust that He is already at work and will do all He has promised to do in your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to trust You, regardless of the situation I am facing today. Give me patience to wait on You as You have told me, to be obedient to Your Word, and to remember always that You are still in control and I can trust You to do exactly what You promised to do. Amen
What situation or circumstance are you facing today that you are tired of waiting for God to work in? Ask God today to help you to trust Him even when you cannot see Him at work in the situation.