“He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, ‘Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.’ And he offered the burnt offering. As soon as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came…And Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the LORD your God, with which he commanded you. For then the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.’” 1 Samuel 13:8-10, 13-14
Waiting tests our faith. It shows the level of our trust in God. The limit of our belief that He is faithful and in control. So many times in Scripture we see people having to wait on God. Often they will reach a point where God just doesn’t seem to be doing anything. He appears to be late. So they jump the gun and act without Him. And then face the consequences. Because His plan was better. He knew every reason to wait, and was flawless in His timing. If they had waited on Him, they would have seen His faithfulness and power and glory in greater ways than they could have imagined.
So what does this mean for us? It means that when God doesn’t seem to be doing anything, when it looks like He’s late or not coming at all, when we’re trying to be still but just can’t sense His presence or His leading, we still need to trust Him. We need to bolster our faith and tell our heart that regardless of how things appear, our God is with us and He knows what He’s doing. It’s at this point that the Word of God, His commandments and His promises, is so vital. It shows us who our God is even when we can’t see or feel Him.
He is here. He is faithful. He is acting for you. He is healing your heart and renewing your soul. He hears you and understands. He will not fail.
Our God does not delay. Whatever His reasons for waiting, His timing is always flawless. He isn’t going to miss a detail. He loves you too much for that. So rest in Christ. Hope in Him. Wait on Him. He will show up in ways more glorious than you can fathom.
“Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:24
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love…Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:16-22