I Sam. 13:12 So I said, “The Philistines are ready to march against us, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help! So I felt obliged to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”
Saul was king over Israel. He was chosen by God. Scripture tells us that at the time he became king, God had changed his heart. But as we read about how he led his people, we begin to see real flaws in his character. He evidently let his position and power alter his character. Instead of relying solely on the Lord and obeying Him, he took it upon himself to do things he was not given to do. Saul was not allowed to offer sacrificial offerings to the Lord. It was a role that only the priests could do.
Samuel told Saul that he would arrive on a specific day and do it for him. When Samuel was a little bit late, Saul got impatient and did it himself. Instead of trusting the Lord and obeying Him, Saul took matters into his own hands. We must understand that there is only one right way to do things, God’s way. No matter who you are or your position in life, you do not have the right to ignore God’s Word and do what you think is right or what is convenient for you to do.
Guard your heart! Don’t neglect your need to keep your heart right before God. Stay tuned into God so that you don’t get the idea that it’s okay to do what you think is right instead of what God says is right. Like King Saul, it leads to a downward spiral of self-destruction. It drives us farther and farther away from God. Obey God in all things and it will go well with your soul.