Verses 3, 4 – Jonathan attacked and destroyed the Philistine outpost, but Saul took the credit. Saul’s growing pride started out small-taking credit for a battle that had been won by his son. Taking credit for others accomplishments, indicates that pride is controlling your life.
Verse 6 – Anytime we only look at our resources, we have a tendency to panic. The Israelites became terrified and hid when they saw the mighty Philistine arm. They forgot that God was on their side and that He can’t be defeated (Romans 8:31-37), “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Verse 9 – Our true spiritual character will be revealed under pressure. The methods we use to accomplish our goals are as important as the attainment of those goals. In 1 Samuel 10:8, Samuel gave specific instructions for Saul to follow (10:8), “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”
Verses 11-13 – When Saul felt that time was running out, he became impatient with God’s timing. When making a decision, God’s timing is everything. He works all things out for our good for those who love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose and in His timing. When you are obedient to God, He is responsible for the consequences. Saul had plenty of excuses for his disobedience. But Samuel nailed the real issue: “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you.” Sometimes excuses are nothing more than disobedience. God always knows our true motives. By trying to hide his sin behind excuses, Saul lost his kingship (13:14).
Verses 19-22 – After this incident with Samuel, look how many men are left with Saul – 600. Israel was in no position to conquer anyone. The army had no iron weapons and there were no facilities for turning their tools into weapons.