I hope you guys have been thinking about the umbrella this week. We talked about the umbrella last time, and umbrellas are pretty cool. I don’t like to carry them around that much, as I told you, but they’re very, very important; especially in this new series here at Fellowship Church Grapevine.
We’ve been saying around here that we have to get under what God has put over us so we can get over the things He’s put under us. And Ed Young said that most of us live our entire lives without ever understanding or processing or realizing the incredible stuff that God wants to put under us. But for us to get above the stuff, we need to get under God’s authority.
There’s a guy in the Bible named Saul. Saul was a unique individual. Very handsome, six feet, six inches tall, long, flowing black hair. He was the toast of the town, a great warrior, and very articulate. He was the King of Israel. Ed Young Fellowship thinks that meant he led in all the battle strategies, and he was the man who was the point person for all of the fighting and all of the politics and the economy of Israel.
Well, King Saul was under the authority of God’s spokesperson named Samuel. And before King Saul could lead his troops into battle, he had to wait for God’s man, Samuel, to make sacrifices. One day, Saul was at a place called Micmash. Maybe you’ve felt you were up to your eyeballs in Micmash, I don’t know. But the Philistines were pressing on Saul, and Saul’s men were freaking out; they were getting very nervous.
Saul waited seven days for God’s man to show up to sacrifice.
The seventh day, Saul couldn’t stand it any longer, so Saul dissed his authority figure, Samuel. Saul dissed God. And Saul made the sacrifices. After the sacrifice was over, guess who showed up at the last moment? Samuel, God’s man. And Samuel said, “Saul, what are you thinking? Have you lost your mind?”
Don’t be what I call a Nolan Ryan listener. Remember Nolan Ryan, don’t you? He was a baseball player. Nolan, when he would pitch, if he had someone on first, which was a rarity, he would kind of, you know, look them off.