At the turn of the 11th century B.C., in 1 Samuel 10, the prophet Samuel anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Before leaving, Samuel instructed Saul to wait seven days at Gilgal. At that time, Samuel said he would come and offer burnt offerings to the Lord.
Waiting at Gilgal, Saul looked at the Philistine army which had amassed 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen against the Israelites. He saw his army of only 3,000 begin to dwindle as his men began hiding “themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.” (1 Samuel 13.6 NASB) When Samuel did not arrive on the seventh day, Saul grew impatient, perhaps fearful, and decided to take matters into his own hands by offering a burnt offering to the Lord. Saul was a king, not a priest.
Immediately after Saul presented the burnt offering to the Lord, Samuel arrived …
Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you; for now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him to be ruler over His people, because you have not kept that which the Lord commanded you.” (1 Samuel 13.13-14)
Saul had, of course, disobeyed God. He had sinned before God. Samuel, in effect, was saying to Saul, “If you had obeyed God, if you had obeyed the command that He had given you, then the Lord would have established, confirmed your kingdom on Israel forever. But now, your kingdom will come to an end.”
The next sentence spoken by Samuel gives great insight into the mind and heart of God. He said, “The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart.”
That search continues.
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. (2 Chronicles 16.9)
In the push and pull of everyday life, there is a God who desires for Himself someone who seeks Him. But know that the search after God’s heart is demonstrated by the obedience of the searcher, the submission to His will.
Know that He is searching for you.