While Saul talked to the priest, the commotion in the camp of the Philistines continued and increased; so, Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.” – 1 Samuel 14:19
Are you anxious these days? In a “hurry?” How “busy” are you to find answers that don’t seem to be there?
As God was routing the Philistine army through Jonathan and his armor bearer, Saul was calling for the priest to bring forth the ark of the covenant. We may presume that he wanted to seek God’s counsel about whether or not to join the fight. Yet, when Saul heard the noise of panic among the Philistines, he told the priest to “forget it” and led his men into battle, completing the rout. This was a good thing, right? Well, maybe not. Subsequent events seem to indicate that Saul actually lacked God’s wisdom.
It seems that Saul’s attention was focused on the fight and not on the Lord.
Even though we might not like to admit it, we sometimes (like Saul) think that we don’t have the time to consult our Sovereign. It could be that we’re already in the throes of the “battle” or on the verge of a big decision or perhaps, it just seems foolish to … slow … down.
It is never too late to wait upon the Lord, and we should never be too hurried to obtain His guidance. The wisest decision we could ever make is to move at “the speed of God.”
For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. – Habakkuk (2:3)
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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