We ended last week with these heartbreaking words from Samuel, the prophet, “…But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of the people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:14 (NLT)
The Bible doesn’t tell us how Saul reacts to this revelation. I wonder if he really grasps the implications of Samuel’s words. Does he understand that God has left him? Does he have any concept of how that affects his future? It’s a chilling thought!
Regardless, we catch up with Saul again in 1 Samuel 14. He and the 600 men remaining in his army are camped close to the Philistine troops. I’m guessing they’re probably demoralized and pretty scared right now.
But Jonathan, Saul’s son, decides to take action. With God’s help, he succeeds in throwing the Philistine camp into confusion. Saul’s army witnesses a bizarre sight. There’s an earthquake, Philistines are running in all directions, and mayhem reigns.
Saul realizes Jonathan is gone, and is probably the cause of the confusion in the Philistine camp. Excited Saul calls for the priest, no doubt to determine God’s will in the matter. Should he attack?
Before the priest can go through the ritual for determining God’s will, the confusion in the enemy camp rises to frenzied proportions. Saul can barely contain himself. Read his next words carefully.
“…But while Saul was talking to the priest, the confusion in the Philistine camp grew louder and louder. So Saul said to the priest, ‘Never mind; let’s get going!’” 1 Samuel 14:19
NEVER MIND, LET’S GET GOING! Yes, you heard right! Rather than wait for the priest to determine God’s will Saul says, “Never mind, let’s get going!” In other words, I don’t have time to wait for God. I don’t need His help. I’ve got this one covered.
Right now I’m shaking my head, thinking, “Dude…really…you just couldn’t wait!?!
But what I hypocrite I am! I do the same thing all the time!
How often have you rushed into a situation without consulting God? How many times have you tried to do things in your own strength, leaving God out of the picture?
Saul’s Leadership Lesson #3…In your leadership role or in any decision you make…always take time to consult God.