Dear God thank You so much for the message that You have put on my heart. Please allow the words to flow from my brain to my hands. Allow this word to be a reminder of the importance of waiting on You. God, I believe that this message will be used to give people the reassurance that just because You have not showed up yet, it does not mean that You are not on the way. May You get the glory, Amen.
Thank You God for Conviction. This one is for me too.
What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind?
See I have made numerous mistakes trying to “do life on my own.” I have made even more mistakes thinking that God, was not aware that I was waiting on him… So I took it upon myself to make decisions. Some were life-altering, some were just bruises. Meaning they hurt right after those decisions, but that pain eventually faded. The worst consequences of my decisions, were the scars that I received. Those decisions that hurt in the moment, healed, but left a mark that reminds me of the pain that my decisions will cause me forever.
I believe that many of us are more like Saul, than we would like to admit. Many of us are making choices, thinking that God is not on the way and in return we are messing up our blessings. Blessings that are not only supposed to be enough for us, BUT FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS AFTER US AS WELL!
Don’t believe me, look at verse 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. This is what God wants to do for you, me, and anyone who will follow his instructions. He wants to establish a life for us, that will bear fruit forever. Like, forever ever. Not just your life, not just your children’s life, not just those who you impact life, but their children and their children’s children. (I almost quoted The Blessing by Elevation Worship) God really wants that life for you, but he also wants to see if you will listen or get in your own way. He wants to see if you will be David (the person God had already appointed) or Saul.
Verse 11-12, are very important to so that you have a chance to learn from Saul’s mistake. 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”
How many of us are losing friends that we thought we needed to live the life we are supposed to have? How many of us can see the enemy beginning to line up against us for battle? How many of us know that God was supposed to be coming, yet He seems to be running behind? How many of us are thinking, “I know He told me that He would be here today, but it is getting late and the people that are depending on me are getting restless. I need to move now or I am going to lose everyone.”? How many of us are so caught up on pleasing people, that we put God to the back burner? I promise you these questions could go on forever, because there is a behavior of “Saul’s decisions” that fits all of our situations.
These questions can help by using them to understand the mistakes that Saul made. Then once you have an understanding, try to make sure that you do not mimic his mistakes. If you are reading this story or any other in the Bible, without the hope of getting things out of it then… KEEP READING and I pray that your eyes will be opened to the messages (You did not think I would tell you to stop reading did you… NO WAY). Though, I challenge you to read the words in the Bible and see if there is anything that you can apply. As I have said in other post, “Put it in your spirit, so that when you need it; you can pull it back out.”
Now, I want to move on to the last verse. This was a huge pill for me to swallow. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” Once God has given us clear instructions, His Grace will forgive us if we do not follow them, but the opportunity may not do the same. Meaning that God will forgive us because of His Grace! BUT He may give that opportunity that was supposed to be your everlasting blessing, to someone who is obedient enough to follow the instructions to receive it. One thing that this can teach us is that the person is not important to God, but fulfilling the process as he seen it is. Therefore, maybe it will be wise for us to focus on fulfilling his instructions, more than the uncomfortable feeling that waiting on him may cause.
So, I ask you, What Happens When You Think God Is Running Behind? I pray that you do not mess up your future and the future of your next generation like Saul!