Forcing Your Own Will

“And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. ”

1 Samuel 13:11-12

There are times in life when waiting seems unbearable and an answer to any given situation or problem cannot come fast enough. We want to know God’s will for our life yesterday, and it seems we are stuck at the crossroads of life. We do not know what our next step will be, and we feel lost while we wait for direction. We do not enjoy the “be still” moments of life, and our ambitions seem to drive us to do something, anything. We want to get ahead of God and we want to blaze our own path in life instead of waiting for Him to direct our paths. I have been caught wanting to move ahead before it was time, and I have almost made moves that could have ruined my life.

When I was a little kid, we had an unexpected visitor in our house. I had a bunk bed in my room and there was an older girl sleeping in the top bunk who was in her late teens or early twenties. I slept through the chaos that occurred during the night, but I soon found out what was going as I got the skinny from my cousin. The girl was from a well-known Bible college and decided she was going to run away with a guy who attended the same college and went to our local church. I knew the guy as I grew up in the church, and I remember him being a senior when I was in kindergarten. As a little guy, I did not fully understand what all this meant but I know something wrong had occurred or she would not be in sleeping in our home. She did not live in our state and her parents were on their way to pick her up and take her back home with them. My parents got caught in the middle and were just trying to be a help by housing the girl until help arrived.

The parents picked up their daughter, but the young couple still found a way to be together and they ended up getting married. The parents did not want them to get married as they felt they were rushing in, but they were not wiling to wait so they got married anyway. I am sad to report that their marriage did not last very long, but long enough for them to have children. They both got remarried to other people, and I imagine things would have been different if they would have waited to see what God wanted instead of pushing past the safety barriers set up by God in their lives. We often get into trouble when we rush past God’s will due to fear, stubbornness, or selfish ambition. We sometimes want what we want, and we ignore the voice of God and those He has put in our lives to help and guide us.

The Israelite King Saul bypassed waiting for the man of God, Samuel, to rightly offer a sacrifice. Saul feared the scattering of the people and the impending doom of their enemy, the Philistines. Samuel was on his way, but he could not come fast enough for Saul and he thought it better for him and the people to make supplication to God instead of doing it God’s way. Saul erred greatly this day and it cost him the kingdom because he forced his will against obeying God. He was the king and the leader of God’s people and he knew better, but fear and a lack of patience led to poor decisions and disobedience against God.

Are you trying to force your will over God’s? Do you seek your own ambitions over obedience to God? Are you doing things your own way instead of doing them God’s way? There was nothing wrong with offering burnt offerings unto the Lord, but it was to be done by the man of God, Samuel, and not King Saul. There was a right way to do things, but this was not the path Saul chose, and we are guilty of doing the same at times. Will you wait on the Lord? Will you wait on His will for your life or will you push ahead on your own journey and path? May we wait as long as God would have us to wait, and may we trust that His timing is always perfect.

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