TEXT: 1 Samuel 13:1-14
PREAMBLE: Everything in life has a time limit. Without time one will not be able to execute any
project on earth. This is why time is very important in one’s life. Everybody plans to execute one
project or the other in life within a stipulated time. But many fail to realize that as man plans to
execute a certain project within a time frame even God Himself does the same. Therefore, God’s time
supersedes every other time man has kept or planned to execute a project. The crux of the matter is,
when we plan for a particular thing within a time frame, do we always try to synchronize our time
with God’s time by exercising patience?
Let us examine the story of the first king of Israel (Saul) who had planned to go war with the
Philistines. (1 Samuel 13:1-14)
LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM SAUL’S CASE
- No amount of pressure should make us violate the commandments of God.
The seven days Samuel kept for Saul did not elapse but he (Saul) actually felt compelled to sacrifice
to God (it was not the duty of the king to sacrifice to God) because of what he saw. i.e pressure
coming from the Philistine troops and they fleeing of men of Israel into rocks, caves, pits and
cisterns. Therefore, Saul would have overcome the pressure if he had exercised a little patience.
- When we are faced with difficult times, even close friends may run away from us but we need to persevere and exercise long suffering until God’s rescues us from our difficult moment.
- Failure for Saul to obey God’s commandments caused him his kingship. His kingship which would have continued forever was taken away from him.
SOME SITUATIONS WE FAIL TO EXERCISE PATIENCE WITH GOD
- Unmarried sisters
What about our sisters who have not been married yet? Age is not on your side because very soon
you will clock menopause. Are you thinking of marrying a non-brother? Have you thought of it that
as soon as you leave the Lord’s church and marry a non-brother that would have been the moment
the Lord would have provided a husband for you?
You have been married for some years without a child, what are your plans? Are you planning of
going to a ‘prayer house’ so that a ‘prophet’ can give you a child? Are you planning of buying a baby?
Do you feel your set time to have a child have elapsed? Remember the story of Sarah who had a child
Isaac at the age of 90. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? (Gen.18:14).
- Admission into university
You have taken WAEC or JAMB severally but results withheld. You have a low cut-off mark in
JAMB, have you enquired whether God wants you to read your intended course? May be, you are just
planning to be admitted into the university with a forged result.
You have graduated from school for years but no job till now. You have written several applications
but to no avail. Your friend comes and advises you to join a cult group in order to secure a good job.
Are you thinking of joining the group? The moment you soil your hands, may be that would have
been the moment God would have liberated you from your joblessness if you had waited patiently.
- Failure in business
You have invested a huge amount of money in your business but little or no profit is made. A friend
comes to you and informs you that you cannot make it in business except you use diabolical means.
The moment you indulge in using diabolical means to sell, you have disrupted God’s plan in your life.
If you had waited patiently for a short while, God’s purpose concerning your life would have
Whenever we fail to be patient with God’s time, we devise our means in order to grant the desires of
our heart. This is always displeasing to God and we have to bear the consequences of our actions.
One of the major ways we can avoid being impatient with God’s time is to try and synchronize our
time with God’s time. This can be achieved by exercising long suffering (patience). Let us learn on
how to wait upon the Lord as the Psalmist says “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of
their Masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her Mistress; so our eyes wait upon the
Lord our God, until that He have mercy upon us” (Psalms 123:2). Then God’s thought which are of
good, peace and to give us an expected end shall manifest in our lives.
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO
SERMON DELIVERED BY BRO. DIANABASI AKPAN AND BRO. NDUKKEABASI UDOKAH ON 21ST OCTOBER, 2018.