I can totally understand Saul's impatience. I am not the world's most patient person and I get that if Samuel said he would come in 7 days, I would get impatient too. How often do we too, take God's timing into our own hands instead of being patient and waiting on God's timing. Saul choosing to sacrifice ahead of God's plan had consequences as likewise, we also face consequences when we deviate from God's plan.
Saul doesn't learn:
and so we also face the consequences that come from disobedience.
There is a chance for repentance and forgiveness
However, the consequences still remain even after repentance.
The new testament reminds us that after repentance comes forgiveness.
and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Finally, the readings close today with the reminder that we don't know when the kingdom of God will come but we are told:
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.
When we put God first, obey his Commands, wait on His timing, forgive others even when they don't deserve it, then we will lose our lives according to society and yet gain the live God wants for us.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 16-18, Luke 18