We've read a bit about the good beginnings of Saul's reign, now we read about how things began to unravel. Remember that the first job of Israel's King is obedience to God. I always feel sorry for Saul in this story because he seems to be trying to do the right thing, but doesn't quite get it right. In this case Samuel, the chief prophet of the land, instructed Saul to wait for him to come to his camp and offer the sacrifice before he went to fight the Philistines. Instead, Saul became scared that his people would leave and didn't wait for Samuel. Fear is a powerful force and it's easy to give in to it. As people of faith we are called to see the world and its risks realistically and follow God's calling in spite of our fear.