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Saul tore out on a mission to make a name for himself and Israel.  In his battles, he kept getting ahead of God. He was greatly outnumbered and tried to get the battle going by presenting offerings.  It became pretty clear that he was he was not interested inn waiting upon God.  Samuel confronted him. ” Saul, God was ready to establish you as King and have your lineage rule–BUT, since you failed to listen to God, wait on him or heed his command–He is going to find another king that will and is after God’s Heart!”
 
If that was not bad enough, Saul’s 30000 men had dwindled to 600 and Philistine raiding parties took all the Israelite weapons.  Saul was left out numbered, out armed and pretty much on his own.  It was not a place any king wants to be.  Still, in the midst of that God had not abandoned Israel.  God had already planned for a lineage that would follow him. But, until that time, Israel was still God’s chosen nation and would not be left without his care and concern.
 
In our lives, it is critical that we wait upon the Lord.  His ways are not our ways.  If we will trust Him and wait upon Him–He will lead us, bless us and transform us into his image.  If we choose to try to get ahead of God or live independent of him–then the result is a life of struggle and feeling all alone.  That was not where Saul wanted to be–nor is it a place we want to be.  Help me Lord to listen to the words of Isaiah, “Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
 
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What have you done?” asked Samuel.

Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lordyour God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

15 Then Samuel left Gilgal[d] and went up to Gibeah in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.

Israel Without Weapons

16 Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah[e] in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash. 17 Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual, 18 another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim facing the wilderness.

19 Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” 20 So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles[f] sharpened. 21 The price was two-thirds of a shekel[g] for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel[h] for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads.

22 So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.