Background: After the taking of their Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua, the nation of Israel fell into rebellion and were defeated by their enemies. First God sent Judges to lead the people but after that the people demanded that God give them a human king so they could be like all their neighbors. So God gave them a king, his name was Saul. But Saul disobeyed God because he couldn’t be patient and wait on God’s timing.
Ask the children…
Saul gathered his army to fight the Philistines. They had to wait for Samuel to arrive so they could offer burnt offerings and ask for the Lord’s help. They waited 7 days for Samuel and Saul’s army was becoming afraid and leaving to hide. Saul decided to offer the burnt offering himself which was something only Samuel, the high priest, should do. How did Saul try to justify his disobedience?
“So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help! So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.’” (1 Samuel 13:12)
What did Samuel respond and what did he tell Saul would happen?
“‘How foolish!’ Samuel exclaimed. ‘You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you.’ …’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 his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.’” (1 Samuel 13:13, 14)
It is very hard to wait on God’s timing. We think we know better than God because of the things that are happening around us. But God can see the BIG picture and often He is more concerned that we learn to wait and trust Him than He is in the outcome of the situation.
Ask your children how nard it would have been for Saul to wait? Ask them if there is something they are waiting on God for? How hard is it? Talk to God together about the difficulty of waiting and then have them recommit to wait on the Lord for His timing.
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