Have you ever found yourself in a place you shouldn’t be? I mean like walking in the woods and suddenly you see a sign that says “No Trespassing.” You get that feeling in your stomach like Oh no! What do I do? I hope no one saw me.
Sometimes we are trespassing in a different manner. We might overstep our boundaries with other people and get into their business. We may say or do something to correct a situation that isn’t our responsibility in the first place. I know for myself, sometimes I see something going on that I don’t think is good, and I feel compelled to get involved. Have you ever thought “I should have never gotten involved with that in the first place?”
Recently while reading in 1 Samuel 13 we read where King Saul offered a burnt offering when he shouldn’t have. The prophet Samuel had told Saul to go to Gilgal and wait for him there. When Saul noticed the people were scattering from him he acted. He performed the sacrifice without waiting on Samuel. It seems as though Saul was feeling like things were getting out of control. He thought “I” must do something, and he found himself in disobedience to God.
Waiting on God can be the most stressful thing we ever do. I mean sometimes we may see things in our lives, or the lives of others, and think I must do something. A lot of the time God just wants us to wait. He has a plan and a timetable all together different than ours. Sometimes he seems to have forgotten us, but actually it’s just that he likes things to be absolutely humanly impossible before he acts.
Do you remember the story of how Lazarus became sick and died? Word came to Jesus and yet he waited, on purpose, until he died. Sure he could have come when Lazarus was just sick and healed him, but he waited until he was dead. He waited until there was no way anyone but God could do anything about the situation. Notice how Mary and Martha sort of dumped it back onto Jesus. They both said, “If you would have been here Lazarus wouldn’t have died.” Isn’t it funny how we get into something, mess things up, and then want to blame someone else or even God himself?
Once Samuel did arrive, and he confronted Saul about what he had done, Saul made it out like he didn’t have a choice. He said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.” See how Saul justified himself and had all kinds of reasons for doing what he did.
It is after this event that Samuel tells Saul; God would have established his kingdom over Israel forever, but he disobeyed God’s command. Saul isn’t any different than some of us. He thought it was all up to him to fix or change things. He began to think too highly of himself and found himself in a place he didn’t belong. It’s as if he was trespassing on someone else’s property, and Samuel pointed at the “No Trespassing” sign. Samuel was going to offer the burnt offering, but Saul felt compelled to make a move. Sometimes we see things going on around us and it looks, or feels, like we have to do something. When we know God has told us to keep our hands off of something we must walk by faith and not sight. Even if it seems the whole world is collapsing around us we must learn to relax and wait on God. He has a way of fixing things where they are truly fixed.
Written by Louie