Sh’mu’el said to Sha’ul, “You did a foolish thing. You didn’t observe the mitzvah of The LORD, which he gave you. If you had, The LORD would have set up your kingship in Isra’el forever.”
The context of this chapter is all over the place. I have so many questions about the timeline, ages and dates and background of Sha’ul’s sin. I wonder why it isn’t here. I wonder why the account is so truncated. I suppose the important thing is that Sha’ul didn’t listen to the instruction he was given. Whatever that instruction was, he failed to have the faith to follow through and act as he should have. It feels like he was waiting for Sh’mu’el to show up or waiting for some sort of sin from the Almighty that the time was right to act. Based on Sh’mu’el’s response to him, had Sha’ul acted boldly in faith even in the face of overwhelming odds, The Almighty would have saved Israel and blessed Sha’ul and his descendants. May we have the courage and confidence to trust in our Father and charge ahead in holiness and faith, keeping to His word even when it seems hopeless.