"He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter. So he said, 'Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings."
(1 SAMUEL 13:8-9)
Samuel told Saul to wait for him seven days at Gilgal. But that was a year ago! Now Saul was at Gilgal with an enemy ready to fight him. When Samuel didn’t show, Saul’s men were terrified and were deserting him. Saul had to do something. Rather than wait for the prophet, he offered sacrifices himself. And then – wouldn’t you know? – Samuel arrived.
Saul’s propensity to do things his own way caused him to be rejected by God as the first king of Israel. Saul was a leader and people followed him – but he himself did not follow the Lord. The Lord did not care that Saul’s soldiers were leaving; He had accomplished more stunning victories over greater enemies with fewer men.
Fear often dictates our behavior. Sometimes we find every worldly reason to fear and take matters into our own hands (Wasn’t the desire to “do things our own way” at the heart of the very beginning of sin in this world?), but we must follow God. He is faithful and delivers His people. He sent Christ to deliver us from our sin and fears.
"HE WHO DID NOT SPARE HIS OWN SON...HOW WILL HE NOT ALSO, ALONG WITH HIM, GRACIOUSLY GIVE US ALL THINGS?"