In the midst of battle it was customary to have a priest offer sacrifices; Samuel had promised Saul that he would come at an appointed time to do this. Saul waited for a while but began to feel pressure because his troops were bailing out. Saul’s decision to offer sacrifices to God went directly against God’s ways and he knew it. The consequences were huge…..the loss of his kingdom! If he had delayed his action just one more hour he would have kept his kingdom. Saul let the circumstances pressure him into doing something against God’s will for his life and it cost him dearly.
Sometimes, like Saul, I have found myself between the ‘devil and the deep blue sea’, thinking that I need to do something and do it fast! I've even convinced myself that because I'm doing something God would approve of that it’s okay. Oh, the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked! Please tell me I'm not alone in this!!!!
When we're feeling the pressure to act NOW we don’t need to ‘lose our kingdom’ so to speak. We can share what’s going on with others who will encourage us to wait on the Lord and who will pray for us. We can pray for ourselves and seek direction in God’s Word, while affirming our commitment to His and only His will for our lives.
There will always be pressure to jump in and deal with a situation prematurely but the times that we 'lose our kingdom' over it can be fewer and farther between as we grow spiritually.............all glory to Jesus!
QUESTION: Anyone care to share some encouragement in this area from your own life?