Fear Rushes God

7 Some of them crossed the Jordan River and escaped into the land of Gad and Gilead. Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. 8 Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. 9 So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself. 10 Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 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. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord ’s help!’ 12So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” ~ 1 Samuel 13:7-12 NLT

Saul and his men were afraid. They were terrified that the Philistines would attack them, but he waited for Samuel to come. Saul waits the seven days, but when Samuel still wasn’t there on the seventh day, Saul began to panic. He probably thought Samuel abandoned him and left him to fend for himself, so he moved without him.

When time seemed to be running out and the enemy closing in, Saul gave into fear and lost everything. He lost his entire kingdom to David. See God wanted to establish King Saul, but Saul’s lack of faith and disobedience made it impossible for God to use him.

Don’t believe the lie that fear screams at you. God isn’t too late. He’s always right on time. Have faith and be obedient, so that God may be able to use you and establish your name forever.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Don’t Rush God.

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