Samuel, the man of God, had given Saul clear instructions: “Wait for seven days, then I will come to you to make a sacrifice and show you what to do” (see 10:8). Easy enough, until everything began falling apart around Saul. The king’s army was in a bad place and his men began to leave. Saul had to do something. He had to act, so he did. He made the offerings to the Lord himself (13:6-10). And just as he was finishing, Samuel arrived, as he had said—on the seventh day. Samuel the prophet would not be happy with Saul the king. Saul had done what he should not have done—the king does not make the sacrifice, the priest does. In Saul’s moment of desperation, he sinned by stepping out of his God-given role and into that of another.
Sometimes doing something is the worst thing we can do. Sometimes the best thing we can do is nothing. That was what Saul should have done. He should have done nothing but wait on Samuel and, more importantly, trust in the Lord. Sometimes it takes more courage and faith to do nothing and prayerfully wait on the Lord than to do something.
What might you be trying to do in your own wisdom and strength instead of waiting on the Lord?