Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. (1 Samuel 13:7+8)
At that time, God’s command was that only a Priest could sacrifice offerings, which is why Saul was waiting for Samuel. But as Saul sat there watching his troops wilt, he decided to take matters into his own hands and sacrificed the burnt offering and peace offering himself. Under the pressure of uncertainty, his faith faltered and he chose to “steal the bread” rather than pray for it. Had he just waited a couple more hours, he would have been able to witness how complete God’s power and love are. Saul’s moment of mistrust led to the end of his dynasty as God chose another king whose desire was to rule in honor of God, seeking His will.
The moments of uncertainty in life expose me to be just like Saul. How well do I tolerate an uncomfortable situation? Do I pause and let the moment sharpen me, trusting that God’s will WILL be done or do force my will on my timetable? In comfort or in pain, within my grasp or out of my hands, God always calls me to respond the same: in pursuit of God’s heart.
Challenge: When under pressure, I will resist my urge to immediately stop the discomfort and instead embrace it as a moment to witness God’s miraculous love and power. I will pray for wisdom and believe He will give me the answers I need to move forward in His will.
Lord, I am after YOUR HEART. May your will be done and let your grace, power and truth be evident to all. Please teach me to be still and keep my eyes on you in the moments that my inner control freak wants to act. You are faithful and you will not forsake me! Amen.