-But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.-
Yesterday, we started our Series on the ‘Blame Game.’ We talked about Eve blaming Adam in the Garden of Eden and how Adam even went so for… as to blame God!
Well, Today We will Look at Who’s playing the Blame Game Now!! – It’s King Saul
If you remember, We have met Saul before on the CareBibleStudy Blog…during Bible Trivia!!
Our trivia question was: What lost animal(s) was King Saul searching for??
[Go back and check it out, if you haven’t read it, already. It’s great background info on Saul. To find the Previous lesson on Saul, easily…Just try typing ‘Saul’ into the Blog’s search engine.]
So Anyway…we know that the Trivia answer was: donkeys – Saul went searching for his father’s lost donkeys, when he met Samuel, the ‘seer,’ who anointed him King of Israel.
Remember…the young man, Saul, who was from the smallest tribe in Israel, the Benjamites, was anointed to the highest rank in Israel.
When We meet Saul again, we see that Saul continues to struggle with his inferiority complex. He struggles terribly with fear and low self esteem…1 Samuel 10, Verse 22 tells us that when Samuel went forth to officially, proclaim Saul as King, before all of Israel, Saul was afraid…and ducked down and hid away in the baggage. Samuel actually had to pray, inquiring of the Lord as to where Saul was hiding!!
Don’t forget that Saul had already been anointed and the Spirit of God had come upon him mightily, causing him to prophesy amongst the prophets…and yet, We see here how he feared that the people would not accept him as their King. And it was this same fear that caused him to later, make the foolish decisions that lead to his failure as King.
Now, When Samuel first poured the oil over Saul’s head, anointing him King, Samuel had given Saul specific instructions to follow:
-You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and to sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you shall do-
As the Priest and Prophet of Israel, only Samuel had the authority to bless the offering and make sacrifices before God, but King Saul, growing fearful of the people, became impatient with Samuel and ‘forced’ himself to make the burnt offering, although he was forbidden to do so.
‘Forced’ himself…That was the wording that Saul used, as he began to point the finger 👉 of blame at Samuel, attempting to justify his own disobedience.
-Samuel said, What have you done? Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines were assembled at Michmash, I thought, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. So I forced myself to offer a burnt offering.-
Samuel is both disturbed and disappointed at Saul’s accusations and at his foolish behavior, as he chastised him, telling him that because he failed to keep the Lord’s commandments, God had dethroned him!!
Samuel explains that God had sought out and found an obedient King to replace Saul – ‘A man after God’s own heart’- That man was David.
So…Here We see The Blame Game Continues as Saul attempts to displace his personal failures upon the head of Samuel, because he was late!! – When the truth was…Saul was afraid of the Philistines and so were the Hebrews that had followed him into Gilgal…but when the Hebrews began to lose faith in King Saul and began to scatter from him, Saul grew weary of waiting for Samuel and was not willing risk losing the favor and support of the people.
Remember…in Saul’s mind, he desperately needed the people’s support to keep him lifted up…and because he was so afraid to lose their support, Saul foolishly, jumped the gun…made the sacrifice…and failed to wait on Samuel, but most importantly, Saul failed to wait on the Lord.
Saul took his eyes off God and focused them on the people. He had so soon forgotten, that it was the Lord who had raised him up from his prior, meager existence and not the people. He had not perceived that, although the oil was poured upon him by Samuel hands, the anointing had come from God!!
He had no confidence in the Holy Spirit that had come upon him so mightily…Therefore, he acted in his own might and abused his authority as King, and defied the Living God!!
Saul Blamed Samuel for his Faith-Failure!!
Who Are You Blaming For Your Faith-Failure??
We have all lost our faith, and have walked foolishly, in fear. Remember, even Abraham, the ‘Father of Our Faith’ behaved foolishly while waiting on God!!
But We must be mindful to accept responsibility for our own failures and shortcomings and PRAY!!
God is waiting for Us to seek his face, asking Him for help and strength in Our time of weakness and insecurity. Samuel could have gone directly to God in prayer, while he waited on Saul!!
And when the scary situations in our lives bring fear…We too can Go to God in prayer, while we wait on Jesus!!
The Old Saints used to say…He may not come when You want him…but He’s always on time!!
So instead of Continuing the Blame Game, Let’s continue to Wait on the Lord….looking for Him and confidently expecting Him to show up with Strength and Power!!
Tomorrow, We will Look at How well Abram and Sarai played the ‘Blame Game.’
But Until Tomorrow…Remember,
God Loves You and So Do I!!
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