I Samuel 13:1-15
Yesterday, I wrote about how Abraham showed patience while waiting 25 years before he saw the fulfillment of part of God’s promise to him. One thing that I didn’t mention in yesterday’s blog is the danger of impatience. When we are impatient, we make rash decisions that we later regret, such as Abraham having a son through Sarah’s maidservant. Our impatience is not based on the wisdom that brings patience; it is based on our human perceptions and inexperience. Today, I want to look at I Samuel 13:1-15 and see how Saul’s impatience caused him problems; if you haven’t read it yet, please read it.
In this section of scripture, we see that Saul was in a situation that seemed desperate. Saul had made the Philistines mad and they began to press hard against Israel. When Saul was first anointed as king, Samuel had instructed him to meet him at Gilgal for his instructions and to offer God burnt offerings. Saul was to wait for seven days for Samuel (I Samuel 10:8). When Samuel didn’t show up after seven days, Saul became impatient. His troops were scattering from fear and Saul decided to put matters into his own hands. He offered up a burnt offering and fellowship offerings without Samuel. Look at what Samuel said to Saul when he arrived in verse 13-14, “’You acted foolishly,’ Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him leader of His people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.’” Not only had Saul disobeyed by not waiting for Samuel, but he was also disobeying the law (Deut. 12:5-14). His impatience cost him the kingdom!
I can look back and see how my impatience cost me to lose something. Out of impatience, foolish decisions are made and we may not only hurt ourselves, but we can hurt others. When we pray for wisdom, we gain understanding that God’s timing is perfect and we can trust and rely on Him rather than what we see with human eyes. Our human understanding is going to lead to impatience because we cannot see the entire picture. Wisdom reminds us that God sees and knows all and He knows what is best. This is not always easy because we often want things fixed immediately. I can see a lot of financial mistakes my husband and I have made in the past because we were not patient enough to see God’s timing. However, mistakes made through impatience may cost us dearly, but we can learn from those mistakes and gain wisdom.
We have so much to gain by exercising patience and so much to lose by making a rash decision. Are you praying for wisdom to have the patience to make a good decision? Are you willing to wait for God’s timing?