I am reading in 1 Samuel these days, and I’ll tell you, a lot of people in this book make a lot of big mistakes. Ones where you, as the reader, can almost see the trouble brewing before it actually happens.
Kind of like when you watch a tv drama and find yourself talking to the tv saying, “Don’t trust that guy, he’s a crook!”
Well, one of the many mistakes I’ve been reading about lately, involves an entire nation. (How’s that for a plot twister? Not just one person messing up, but a whole nation of people)
Israel decided it needed a king, like the pagan nations around it. Now keep in mind that God was their leader and king.
Was it just that they wanted someone they could see with their eyes, no matter how imperfect? Why would they trade in the ultimate king for a mere person?
Well, God, through their judge Samuel, has told them it was going to be a huuuuuuuuuuuuge mistake to replace Him with a human king. They still wanted to go through with it, so God told them who it would be.
Okay, fast forward to the beginning of the new kingship. Saul has been pulled out from behind the baggage and declared king (see 1 Samuel 10:19-24, it’s pretty funny).
Now, I can only speak for myself when I say that if someone rejected me as their leader and made me pick a new one for them, that would be it, I would be done with them. Not to say that’s the right attitude, but I’m just being truthful here.
After all is said and done, though, God pulls this nation to Himself once again in 1 Samuel 12:20-22.
He is a God of relationship and of second chances, which He fully demonstrates when He tells Israel not to be afraid of this very bad decision they have made.
He has every right to abandon them because they have rejected Him. He tells them not to turn away to follow worthless things, but to instead, worship Him with all their heart.
He will not abandon them because they messed up. He is not staying with them because they deserve it, but because they are His people.
How much like Him that is.
Even in our faulty decisions, if we will turn it all over and turn to Him, He will meet us there. Right where we have fallen. Not because we deserve it, but because we are His.
So, my main calling is to look to Him, especially when I may not want to because I did something dumb. I don’t know about you, but I feel like that takes a lot of pressure off of me.
I’m His, and He still wants the best for me.
Same for you, if you are His, He still wants the best for you, just turn to Him when you’re not sure if you made the right decision and He will not abandon you.