Have you ever felt you let God down by something you did or failed to do? You told Him, you would never again do it again, but a day or two or three later …
1 Samuel 12 & 13:
The testing of your faith
Saul is hardly out of the starting blocks and he’s already doing what seems right to him. Samuel had made him wait 7 days to test his character and willingness to obey God. And he failed miserably.
God’s tests are never intended to tempt us to fail, but to strengthen us and mature us. James 1.2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (NIV).
In what situation is God asking you to “wait,” not as a means to discourage you, but to grow you and to reveal Himself to you in a greater way?
The size of our God
Verse 11, “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Proverbs 29.25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” Too often we worry about what someone else will think or do or how they might cause us some harm or trouble. Yet, we give very little thought to what God thinks and neglect placing our complete trust in Him.
That was Saul’s problem. He was more concerned about what the men around him were doing, whether or not they might leave, and about what they thought. He saw them as his strength. Men were big in his mind and God was small. As believers, when we face problems, we are not to look at the size of the problem, but at the size of our God!