1 Samuel 13:8New International Version (NIV)

He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter.

Why does there have to be that work in life, ‘but’? In the ‘but’ comes the anxiousness of life. It is the crucial moment of success or failure. King Saul paid a great price for the rest of his life because of the, ‘but’ moment.

In the Bible, you read how this tragic moment in the life of Saul plays out. It leads to frustration and trying to seize the moment, knowing it is an act of disobedience. Saul offers a sacrifice to God and disobeyed Samuel’s command.

Now, I think Saul thought in his mind that his troops were fearful. They were slipping out of the ranks ad running. This meant he had to do something. So he does, but what a mistake. Samuel arrives on the scene and asks him, “What have you done?”

This turn of events costs Saul his Kingdom and favor with God. What a moment for Saul. He had it all going for him. He was tall and strong, but weak in faith. Because of his disobedience, God raised up another man, King David. He was a man who chased after God’s heart.

The true tragedy in the story is King Saul’s lack of forgiveness. No where do we see a repentant heart. Saul was a man of moments. He worked out of his own intellect as to looking to God for guidance.

How about you today? Are you paying a price for disobedience and feeling lost that you have lost favor with Jesus? Today is the day of salvation, men! Repent, get on your knees, and cry out to Jesus. He is there, even in our disobedience. He is the King of restored lives. His blood has bought and paid for us, so we might live in obedience and relationship with Jesus our Lord.

Strength and Courage

Michael