A very familiar story in the Scriptures, Saul anointed king over God’s people.
Saul, “a head” above the rest was chosen by God to lead his people.
We see humility displayed, after all God had touched his heart and he was changed (1 Samuel 10:6) –a chosen vessel for God’s glory. In the company of prophets and worship Saul is transformed.
Each of us has been appointed of the Lord to do his will even called “priests unto God.” (Revelation 1:6)
This kingship comes with a stipulation for power and success, “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.” (1 Samuel 10:8)
Now in Jerusalem many decades later we see similar instructions.
The disciples were instructed “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.´ (Acts 1:4)
I wonder what would have happened if the disciples chose to go ahead of the Lord and not pause?
Surely they would have been just as cowardly as before hiding in the baggage of life.
Peter would have missed the revelation and promise spoken by Joel when he quoted, “‘In the last days, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days,and they will prophesy.” (Acts 2:17-18)
The glorious sound that enters into the Upper Room, the Holy Spirit himself began a transformation to equip those anointed to serve in God’s Kingdom. But they had to wait.
Saul’s kingdom eventually comes crashing down. When Saul’s humility was overtaken by fear a drastic change occurs again.
Compelled is a strong word that is used in the text. It’s as if Saul was saying, I felt obligated, bound, forced, or even required. The question is by whom? If God through his Prophet said wait, then we wait.
Fear has always been an enemy of God’s people. It deters the promises of God and deflates our strength. It blinds us and causes us to sin against God. It’s a foe in the camp of the King.
“A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. (Psalm 91:7-8)
God has a way of taking the cowardly and making us mighty men and women. It’s never about what we have but what we don’t have.
Tremble and shake. God is entering into our lives and he comes with instructions.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
Help us Lord to hear and listen. Forgive us if we have stumbled and disobeyed. We want to be in the midst of your Spirit to hear the charge, be changed and obey. Fill us Lord and guide us. May we be found faithful to do all that you say. We wait on you, Lord.