1 Samuel 13:8 God Is Never Late

1 Samuel 13:8 (KJV)
And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

My Bible captions this passage as “Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice.”

The passage is about leadership:

  • Saul is an anointed leader
  • Samuel is a God called leader but
  • God is the only true leader

Saul, seeing that the people were scattered and having lost confidence in Samuel (he was late) took upon himself a function that did not belong to him. He was, because of this, disqualified from office (though he appeared to still possess it for years to come).

I think our world is in this shape today. Many have determined that the God called preachers aren’t getting the job done well enough. They see that the people are scattered so they have taken upon themselves to devise their own plans to give them assurance and leadership. These self appointed leaders have done foolishly. While it may seem that they have been successful, they have disqualified themselves and will meet judgment in God’s time.

God is never late. He is not slack and neither are His preachers. They just serve in a different timeframe than that of the world.

Trust God. He knows what he is doing.


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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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