It was a test for King Saul (1Sam. 13), and not one that he passed.Â It was early in his career as a king.Â After a victory over the Ammonites, he decided it was time to take on the Philistines.Â But it wasnâ€™t going too well.Â The Philistines responded to Saul with â€œoverwhelming forceâ€.Â Saulâ€™s puny little army was outnumbered 10 to 1. And to make things worse, the Israelite army was daily getting smaller as the warriors stopped showing up for work and started hiding in caves.
A protocol for times like this had been set up earlier by the prophet Samuel.Â Saul was supposed to go to Gilgal and wait for Samuel.Â Samuel would perform a sacrifice and God would give direction to the army.Â So Saul goes to Gilgal and waits.Â And waits.Â After a week of waiting, Saul is in a full blown panic, so he performs the sacrifice himself to hurry things along.Â And thatâ€™s when Samuel shows up and informs Saul that because of his impatience, his kingdom would not continue. God would now be looking for a man â€œafter His own heartâ€ to replace Saul (1Sam. 13:14).
Beloved, God longs for us to learn patience.Â We see the things around us and feel that the circumstances are screaming for us to take action.Â But if God hasnâ€™t spoken, we need to wait.Â God knows the best way to deal with the problem.Â God may be working on things we arenâ€™t aware of.Â And God wants to be in control.Â He wants to be the Lord of my life.Â My own impatience often leads me to do things that only make the situation worse.Â Are you taking a test right now?Â Wait for the Lord.