Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tuesday, April 12th: 1 Samuel 13-14 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Samuel 13-14

Saul was Israel’s king for 42 years. Sadly, they were not years of overall victory.  Saul was not the godly leader that Israel needed.

In 1 Samuel 13:9-13, we see Saul’s impatience & disregard for God’s instructions. From verses 6&7, we see that the Israelites were afraid & in an overwhelming situation.  In verses 9-13, Saul, rather than waiting for a priest, performs the offerings to God on his own. Samuel was to come by the seventh day.  While Saul did wait until the seventh day, he didn't wait until the end of the day when Samuel arrived.

Why couldn't Saul have waited the last few hours?

If Saul was really committed to obedience & sincerely believed, what would an extra few hours have been?  Rather, he could justify saying “I've waited the seven days, now I'll do it my way.”  He didn't really respect God's ways, thinking it was just a ritual & was too impatient to follow God's timing.

God uses these opportunities to test our obedience & faith. How easy is it for us to doubt God's ways/timing & take matters into our own hands.

Saul, then, makes excuses for his disobedience (the men were scattering & Samuel was late). We can't make up excuses for our disobedience, God knows our true motives. Only when we acknowledge our sins & lack of faith can God forgive & restore us.

God knows our heart.  Are we just giving him “lip service” without really giving him our heart or are we ready to trust & obey him completely?  God tested Saul & he failed (& as a result, would lose his kingdom). We need to remember that God is on our side & not panic when opposition moves in. In that time we can trust God to be true, even when his ways/timing are not our own.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  1 Samuel 15-17


Nathan Reimer said...

God will help us, when He knows the time is right and in His way. A tough part of our journey that we need to constantly be battling with to have faith in. For me this is a struggle every time, I don't have patience when I should and would like God to answer me immediately and take action to help me immediately. In hindsight I see that God has helped me every time, so why worry then?

Conrad said...

1 Samuel 14:6b - "Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few."

Jonathon expresses his faith in God to his armour bearer in this verse. No matter how many people were going to oppose him, he knew that God would be greater. I need to remember to keep my faith strong in that nothing can hinder God.

TammyIsBlessed said...

Partial obedience is still disobedience. We need to trust in God's promises and in His timing.

Saul also repeatedly made rash and foolish statements, commands, and oaths. Huge reminder to watch our tongue!