"What have you done?" asked Samuel. Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, I thought, `Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD's favor.' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering." (1 Samuel 13:11-12 NIV)
Can you say good intentions? Saul thought he was doing the right thing. I mean, he had already waited seven days, right? With the enemy looming around all over the place, they were surely seven very long days. Saul's men were afraid. Saul was most likely afraid. Saul wanted to protect his kingdom. He knew worshiping God was the way to go, so, instead of obeying Samuel's commands, he went ahead with the burnt offering. No big deal, right?
As long as you intend to do right, you don't really have to obey God do you? Isn't it what you wanted to do that really matters? Whose perfect anyway? We can't always obey God, can we? Shouldn't Saul be cut a little slack? He was just trying to protect his men.
Yes, Saul had good intentions, but did he have God intentions? God wants commitment to His will. Jesus said, "not my will, but Thy will be done". God certainly wants no less from you and me. He expected obedience from Saul, and he expects it from us.
Sometimes human nature takes over and we act in our own will. Saul felt "compelled" to take things into his own hands. It may seem natural from a world's eye view, but from God's perspective, Saul should have waited for Samuel to arrive.
Is there something you should be waiting on God for today?
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