DEVOTIONALS

IMPATIENCE OR FAITH?

He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.
Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium,
so I may go and inquire of her.”  “There is one in Endor,” they said.
1 SAMUEL 28:6-7

How do you respond when God doesn’t answer your prayers on your time table?
Do you patiently accept that your timing is wrong and wait on His?
Do you decide to take things into your own hands?
Do you start looking for advice from others?
It is all a matter of faith, isn’t it?
Faith says, “I trust God and will patiently wait”.
Self says, “Okay, if God isn’t going to answer, I’ll handle this on my own!”

From the scriptures above we can see that Saul chose not to wait.
When he didn’t receive what he expected from God as quickly as he wanted it,
he sought another source to give him answers.

He started out right – He prayed (but God didn’t answer…yet).
Then we see that he started looking for help instead of waiting on God with faith.

When we look at 1 Samuel 13:11-12 we can see a problem with Saul’s focus.
“What have you done?” asked Samuel.
Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering,
and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines
were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will
come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’
So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

When Samuel asked him what he had done, Saul admitted
that he was influenced by what he saw and not by faith in God.
He showed impatience “you did not come at the set time”.
And he admitted that he did not seek the Lord.

Living by sight and impatience was a pattern for Saul; living by faith was not.
He failed to understand that living by faith is blessed by God; living by sight is not.

I saw this somewhere – it describes Saul’s actions:
Saul saw a seer because of what he had seen.
When Saul saw what he saw, he sought a seer to see
what the seer would say about what he saw.

Once again, how do you respond
when God doesn’t answer your prayers when you expect Him to?
Going to God should be your first resort and not your last.
Seek Him, be patient, and stay away from any advice that is not from His Word.

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About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.

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