What’s the Big Deal?

Episode Theme

Justice-Seeking: Little sins lead to bigger sins.

Memory Verse

James 1:14-15

Your own evil longings tempt you. They lead you on and drag you away. When they are allowed to grow they give birth to sin. And when sin has grown up it gives birth to death.

Is waiting for something super hard for you? Then you should meet King Saul.  King Saul was the very first king of Israel ever, and he had an important job to do:  fight Israel’s enemies.  Israel had lots of enemies.  The Philistine army was the worst.  In fact, King Saul was waiting for the signal to go fight the horrid Philistines.  What was the signal? Samuel, the prophet of God, was supposed to come to make a special sacrifice to the Lord.  After the sacrifice was made, then King Saul would go and fight.

But there was a problem.  Samuel didn’t come to make the sacrifice.  King Saul waited and waited…and waited.  As he waited, Saul got nervous.  His scouts reported that the Philistines were getting their chariots and soldiers ready to fight.  King Saul’s own soldiers were running away and hiding.

One day…two days….three days…four days… five days…six days….Finally, King Saul had enough of waiting for Samuel.  His army was running away.  His enemy was preparing to kill him.  He couldn’t wait any longer.  So he did what he thought he had to do—he made the sacrifice himself.

Then Samuel came. He arrived in time to see what King Saul had done.  Samuel sadly told the king that God had also seen it.  And God was most unhappy with King Saul’s disobedience.  God would seek out a new king, a new king who would put obeying God at the top of his kingly to-do list.

What about you?  Are you ever tempted to rush ahead of God?  It’s never easy to wait.  Yet, if the choice is to do something that may be wrong or to wait a little longer for God to come, what should you choose?  Obeying God is always the best choice, even if it means waiting.  Just ask King Saul!

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