As the Lord’s people, we have similar tests. We sometimes do things strictly forbidden by the Lord’s Word, but we rationalize that they are for expediency’s sake. Instead, we should wait and have faith if there is a delay.
Having waited the seven days, Saul probably felt he was justified in acting. The problem is that he did not have sufficient faith in what Samuel had said, and even more important, he, as the king of Israel, did not have faith in God, for whom Samuel was the mouthpiece. Thus a lack of faith in Jehovah led Saul to perform an act of disobedience. The circumstances seemed to justify his action, and the people would probably have supported his decision. Saul reasoned, “If I continue to wait for Samuel and do not make an offering to the Lord, even more people will desert, and my chances of victory in armed conflict will be zilch.” Thus Saul began to swerve only two years after beginning his reign. Already his true colors were showing.