All the time, God is good.
I am consistently learning about God’s goodness and provision; I know that he will provide but sometimes I get impatient and want Him to provide on my timeline.
God placed this scripture in front of me this morning out of 1 Samuel 13:
7b Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. 8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.
11 “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, 12 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.”
13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”
The background of this passage is that Saul was ready to fight the Philistines but he was told to wait seven days until Samuel came to give the offering to the Lord. Saul waited, but as his men were getting restless he decided to give the sacrifice instead of waiting any longer. Samuel tells him that he was foolish for being so impatient and basically gives him a warning that this is the beginning of the end for him.
How many times have I been Saul? I wait on God and think I am doing a good thing but ultimately I fall back on what I can control.
My children demonstrate this well. I tell them to wait for me to walk down the stairs: They don’t and they fall. I tell them to wait to eat their mac and cheese because it is too hot: They don’t and they burn their tongues.
God knows the purpose for waiting; even when we do not. He gives us periods of waiting in order to develop in us patience and contentment in our current circumstances.