1 Samuel 13:10 KJV
And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
Saul had waited as long as he would.
• Even though his kingdom hinged on the anointing of Samuel
• Even though he would have been an unknown in his world without him
By this time Saul has come to see himself as independent of and without the need of the man of God.
Perhaps Samuel waited as a test to prove Saul's convictions. Saul still wanted to make a sacrifice, he could still claim to be a follower of the Lord.
• It was that prophet and not God whose authority he questioned.
• It was that prophet who had not respected the king's agenda and time.
So Saul took in hand to do what was not his and no sooner had he done it than, "...behold Samuel came." And Saul found himself rebuked through the prophet of the Lord.
Ours will always be to follow God by following those God places over us. To do otherwise is to incur the chastening of God.