Saul answered, "When I saw I was losing my army from under me, and that
you hadn’t come when you said you would, and that the Philistines were
poised at Micmash, I said, ‘The Philistines are about to come down on
me in Gilgal, and I haven’t yet come before God asking for his help.’ So I took things into my own hands, and sacrificed the burnt offering." I Samuel 13:11-12 (TM)
"I took things into my own hands" jumped out at me when I read this passage. What Saul was saying is "I didn’t have faith. I didn’t believe". Faith often requires waiting, being patient and trusting in God’s timing. As a human being living in the techno-age, it’s easy for me to expect God to respond in nanoseconds with the click of my spiritual mouse. When he doesn’t respond as quickly as I want, I pound the ctrl-alt-delete function of life and try to reboot the situation. ‘Wait on the Lord" may never have been so difficult from a cultural perspective. Saul’s life is a great example of what happens when we refuse to trust God and His timing.