- Wait in disobedience
Unlike obedience, disobedience is for some characters of the Bible, the option they have chosen. This choice did not come without consequences.
King Saul is an example of a Bible character who made a wrong choice by disobeying God’s command.
King Saul story went from bad to worst, when he chooses to let people’s opinion overwhelm him.
« Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. 8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.» 1Samuel 13:7-10 NIV
Saul waited seven days as instructed by Samuel and then decided to do the offering. Many would believe that seven days was more than enough, especially when the prophet told him to wait for him for seven days. However, Saul’s action only reflected the state of his heart because as soon as he did the sacrifice, the prophet Samuel arrived, meaning that even on the seventh days, he did not wait for the day to end, he did the sacrificed anyway. The problem is the reason why he finally decided to go ahead with the sacrifice which is the fear of people’s reaction.
He lets the pressure of his soldiers dictate his choice and disobeyed God regardless. By his action, Saul admitted that he feared the people more than God and in return obeyed them rather than God.
Sometimes we can be tempted to do the same. When we are instructed to wait for the right job for example, and our friends or family influences us to do otherwise, by taking the first job opportunity that comes in, we become disobedient to God. Choosing to please, people and disobey God simply translate the importance of these people over God in your life, even if the people are your parents or sibling. If you please people and displease God, it means that your concern is centered on people more than on God. The problem is that people can be wrong and unknowingly lead you astray simply because they are human and they ARE NOT God. They do not have the omniscience (knowing everything) attribute of the Lord. Therefore, they are not to blame, but it is your responsibility to make sure that your choices are in line with God’s will. If you do, you will never be misdirected. If you love God you will do your best to please him. One of the simplest ways, to please God is to obey him.
« If ye love me, keep my commandments.» John 14:15 NKJV
In addition, Saul did not just disobeyed God, his crime was worst. Indeed, in the Old Testament, specific people such as a prophet or priest were responsible to execute sacrifices. Thereby, by substituting himself to the prophet Samuel, Saul lets his pride burst out. He believed that he was qualified to do the sacrifice even though sacrifices to God had special requirements. We understand clearly that Saul did not make the sacrifice for God, but for his own sake.
Added to pride, disobedience had major consequences in the life of King Saul. Because he disobeyed, he lost his anointing as a King over Israel and God deposed him to anoint another man who genuinely wanted to please God and humbly serve him: David.
«11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; 12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. 14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.» 1 Samuel 13 :11-14 KJV
From the story of Saul we can learn that as God positioned you and gave you a title with duties, he can also remove you from that position if by impatience you become disobedient. The Lord takes pleasure in obedience, that’s what he expects from us, quick and trustful obedience. Having manifested in us patience, the fruit of the Spirit will make obedience easier for us because we will be happy to wait on the Lord with the confidence that what he has for us is better than what we want.
Patience will enable us to be ready for the blessing he has for us.
How to develop a patient spirit?
Ask yourself why are you not patient. Is it because of a childhood trauma?
Have a discussion with God about it, and address it to him in prayers. Ask him to reveal to you the origin of impatience in your life and to replace it with patience.
«rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer » Romans 12:12 NKJV
Stay blessed 🙂