GOD’S WAY IS BEST
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not
kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded
you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over
Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord
has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord
has commanded him to be commander over His people, because
you have not kept what the Lord commended you.”
1 Samuel 13:13-14 NKJV
Saul grew impatient. He wanted to start the offering ceremony so he could fight the Philistines, but Samuel had not yet arrived. It was imperative that they sacrifice to the Lord before a battle!
The army began scattering , so Saul took action. He made the sacrifice even though he knew it was not what the Lord had commanded. He assumed that details of the offering were not as important as getting it done. When Samuel returned, he was furious. He rebuked Saul’s foolish actions (1 Samuel 13:13-14).
Saul had only violated a few details of the command, yet he sinned by considering his way better than God’s and choosing his timing above God’s. Matthew Henry comments, “He covered his disobedience to God’s command with a pretense of concern for God’s favor. Hypocrites lay a great stress upon the external performances of religion, thinking thereby to excuse their neglect of the weightier matters of the law.”
Serve God out of love, respect, and obedience. Allow God to lead you in His way, and He will show you greater victories than you could have contrived on your own.
Lord, You desire above all else a loving, obedient heart. Let me not
hide hypocritically behind the practice of religion but, rather, serve