Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 12:1-13:23 (additional reading: Psalm 108:1-13 and Proverbs 15:4)
There’s story about the man who prided himself on being exceedingly punctual. He followed a very precise routine every morning. His alarm went off at 6:30 AM. He rose briskly, shaved, showered, ate his breakfast, brushed his teeth, picked up his briefcase, got into his car, rode the ferry across to the downtown business area, got off the ferry, walked smartly to his building, marched to the elevator, rode to the seventeenth floor, hung up his coat, opened his briefcase, spread his papers out on his desk, and sat down in his chair at precisely 8:00 AM. Not 8:01 AM, not even 7:59. Always at 8:00 AM.
One morning his alarm did not go off, and he overslept fifteen minutes. He rushed everything to speed to the ferry landing. There it was, out in the water a few feet from the dock. He said to himself, “I think that I can make it,” and he ran down the dock towards the ferry at full speed. Reaching the edge of the pier he made an enormous leap out over the water and miraculously landed with a loud thud on the deck of the ferry. The captain rushed down to make sure he was alright and said The captain said, “Man, that was a tremendous leap, but if you would have just waited another minute, we would have reached the dock, and you could have walked on.”
In today’s reading, we see that this moment of impatience in Saul’s life had both immediate and long-term consequences on his life, his authority, and his relationships.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. The will walk and not faint.” When I hear that word run in that verse and another verse comes to mind, the last part of Hebrews 1:1 “Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.”
So often we can be running through life too quickly to see how God is moving around us. Like the man jumping to reach the ferry and trying to do everything by our own efforts. If we just wait we will really see what is happening. Waiting is a spiritual issue and Saul had to wait for Samuel, but he did not. Consequently, he paid the consequences for his impatience. Saul made a choice between giving in or growing up. He chooses to give into temptation and impatience. Let’s not do the same, but instead, take the time to see where God is moving.
- How can you stop rushing about and wait on God?
- How has impatience affected your life?
Father, Thank You that You are good and all Your plans are perfect. Thank You that You always do things at the right time. Sorry for our impatience. Help us to wait and trust You. In Jesus’ name, Amen