We hear that there have been 70-odd applications for the pastor position at our church! That is not, really, a “good thing”. Our (childish?) “wish” is that one or two could have felt especially called to be our pastor. This just stirs up a sort of “festering wound”, for The Mom. Her feelings of sadness about the former pastor leaving, are still ineffable. In which case, we shall change tangents…
The reading in 1 Samuel this morning had an interesting lesson. The story is about Saul waiting for Samuel, with his men ready for war. The Philistines are more superior and advancing rapidly, Saul’s men beginning to slip away for fear. They are waiting for the prophet to come and make the sacrifice, in order to get God’s power behind them as they fight. Samuel doesn’t show up at the appointed time, so Saul offers the sacrifice himself. Just then, Samuel finally arrives. Saul explains that he “took things into his own hands”, and gets soundly rebuked for it–in fact, he begins at this point to lose the kingship. In our version, Samuel says “If you had kept the appointment that your God commanded”, he would have had sons to inherit his kingship. (1 Samuel 13:13)
Saul probably thought that God had not kept His appointment, represented by Samuel. He failed to acknowledge that God is always in control, no matter what it looks like. We have to wait, when things don’t happen as we expect, for God is “commanding” a different “appointment”.
“Strength will come
As we wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord…”
Lord, help us not to “take things into our own hands”, but to wait patiently for Your appointment.