Daily D – 1 Samuel 13:13-14
Samuel said to Saul, “You have been foolish. You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. It was at this time that the LORD would have permanently established your reign over Israel, but now your reign will not endure. The LORD has found a man after his own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over his people, because you have not done what the LORD commanded.”
1 SAMUEL 13:13-14 (CSB)
Bible characters from Genesis to Revelation are told to wait. They are told to wait on God in one situation or another. God is never early and never late. He is always on time.
Good things come to those who wait, you may have heard, and not to those who hesitate. How many of God’s best blessings have been missed because we did not wait? How many have been missed because we hesitated when God said, “Go?”
Saul was impulsive. Saul was impatient. These characteristics cost him severely. They cost him a dynastic kingdom. They very nearly cost him the life of his son as we see in the next chapter. He later fully intended to take the life of his son-in-law, the man these verses indicate is a man after God’s heart.
1. Get good at waiting when God says, “Wait.”
2. Do not hesitate when God says, “Go.”
3. Do not attempt to help God with impulsive decisions.
I will wait and respond in God’s perfect timing.
Our Father, my impulsiveness drives me recklessly forward. My timidity holds me back. Please deliver me from these twin evils. Empower me to live in the flow of your leadership, or as the old song says, “at the impulse of your will.” Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”