The next time you are tempted to do something stupid, try this – wait one hour before you do it.
If ever there was a man who wished he had put off his disobedience for just one more hour, it was King Saul. The Book of 1 Samuel tells the story. Samuel assured the Israelites of God’s protection, so long as they walked in obedience to him (1 Samuel 12:14).
Then, with Israel off at war, the people became anxious for God to step in. They begged King Saul to offer a sacrifice to God on their behalf. Saul knew that only the priest (Samuel) was allowed to offer this sacrifice. But the war was not going their way, and Samuel did not respond to Saul’s text messages.
So Saul gave in and offered the sacrifice himself. Within an hour, Samuel arrived. But it was too late. Saul’s disobedience would cost him the throne.
If Saul had just waited one more hour, Samuel would have been there, and all would have been great.
What about you? How many times have you had a slip or relapse, because you didn’t wait one more hour.
Recovery Step: When you are tempted, just wait an hour. God always brings us a way out, in his timing.