1 Samuel 13:7-14, “Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” “You have done a foolish thing,” 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 ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”
It was no doubt that Saul was under a lot of pressure to lead the people into battle. Though he had been given specific instructions on how to proceed, he felt compelled to offer the burnt offering himself. Instead of worshipping in the Lord’s way, Saul chose to do it how he saw fit. This was a huge mistake that cost Saul the anointing as king. No matter what your instincts might be telling you, it is NEVER the prompting of the Holy Spirit to go outside of God’s will to get things done. Pray today that God would give you clear direction and a humble spirit to walk obediently.
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