1 Samuel 13:8-10

And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.


There is one evident character trait that makes a clear difference between King Saul and King David in Scripture. The difference is that one waited on God and the other did not. Saul pushed his own agenda ahead, while sometimes not even realizing he was doing so. He rushed ahead with his own ideas and even ended up losing his life because of it. David waited on God and sought the Lord in all that he did. If he made a mistake, he went to the Lord and made sure he waited before the Lord until he knew he was right with God.


In I Samuel, we find a situation where the prophet Samuel tells Saul exactly what to do, but not when. Saul, because of his impatient nature and inability to wait on God, went ahead with what he was told; but it was not in the right order. Saul rushed God’s plan and messed it up. God eventually had to turn away from the man that Israel chose, simply because he was unwilling to wait on God.


I hope you can say like David, “I will wait on the Lord in all things.” However, if you are like me you might have trouble in that particular area. It takes a daily exercising of your faith to learn the ability to wait upon the Lord for His guidance and leading. It takes not so much walking by sight, but by faith.


Don’t be a Saul, be a David. Wait on God’s timing.


60-0610 - “The Rejected King”

But then when Saul wouldn't wait on the Lord no more, Samuel turned right away from him. Remember, and the first time, not the second time, but the first time that Saul took upon himself to take over the service of the Lord, Samuel turned his back on him and walked away from him. And the first time that the church lets their leaders take over to lead the people, the Holy Spirit gets right away from them. And the very first time that you go being led by man instead of God, the Holy Spirit will get away from you too. Let the Holy Spirit lead. That's what we need is leadership. And God gave us a Leader, and we don't hear It.


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