The God of Time

He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10 As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. 11 Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, 12 I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” 13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which He commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” ~ 1 Samuel 13:8-11

Saul’s lack of faith in the LORD and in the man of God led to Saul becoming impatient and destroying his future and his children’s future. Samuel gave Saul a set time to wait for him, but when Samuel didn’t show up at the exact time Saul expected him, Saul began to panic and took matters into his own hands. He allowed his fear of the enemy and the lack of time to overtake him. Today we are no different.

Some of us are given a call or promise from God that we feel should come in a certain amount of time, and when it doesn’t, we begin to panic and try to force it to come sooner or come through closed doors that we force open. The fear of missing our opportunity can lead us to not only miss our opportunity but endanger our children’s future as well. We can’t allow the fear of running out of time to keep us from following God’s perfect timeline. God isn’t slow to fulfilling promises as we count slowness; instead, He is always on time, bringing things to fruition at the perfect time.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Have Faith in the God of Time.

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