Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering – 1 Samuel 13:12.
And Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering,” 1 Samuel 13: 11-12. This passage of Scripture narrates how Saul’s kingdom was spiritually destroyed by God after a year of his reign.
Saul was chosen by God to reign over Israel (after the people insisted that they wanted a king like other nations). After about a year, Saul found himself in a predicament where he had to go to war with the Philistines after Jonathan his son attacked a Philistine garrison. He knew the Philistines were assembling a huge army against his kingdom, and that once they were organized they would be much harder to defeat. The possible attack from the Philistines left Saul fearful because their army was large. In the midst of all that, Samuel, as instructed by God, tells Saul to wait for him at Gilgal. He instructs that when he comes, he will preside over sacrifices and then Israel will be spiritually ready for battle.
By reason of fear, anxiety, panic and distress, seeing that Saul was not coming to Gilgal as promised, Saul decided to perform the sacrifice not more than an hour before Samuel arrived. Just after having performed the sacrifice, Samuel showed up. Now because of Saul’s disobedience, Samuel then informed him that his kingdom would no longer continue.
There is power in waiting for and on God. Had Saul trusted God and waited just one more hour, things would have turned out very differently. Israel could have gone to war and conquered the Philistines, but instead Saul was stripped of his kingship. Waiting on God is not easy but it’s necessary and of good benefit to us. Our ability to wait on God guarantees us victory in everything, while failure to do so makes us forfeit all the blessings that the Lord has for us. The last moments of waiting are usually the most difficult and they powerfully tempt us to take matters into our own hands. We must learn to wait on God, so that our strength is renewed every day. The victory of a Christian is in their ability to wait on God regardless of the situations around them.
The last moments of waiting are usually the most difficult and they powerfully tempt us to take matters into our own hands”