First off, I kinda love how as soon as Saul receives the Holy Spirit he goes all Conan the Barbarian as God’s way of saying, “Ain’t no way you’re gonna gouge my kid’s eyes out!”
After the victory against the Ammonites, Israel is suddenly real on-board with Saul being the king. A little too on-board. But really, wasn’t it the power of God in Saul they were attracted to?
In Samuel’s speech, he says Israel’s down fall is they “forgot the Lord” (12:9) They forgot how clutch He is at saving them and starting putting their hope elsewhere.
He disciplines them, then promptly comforts.
Hone in on the last part of the speech (12:20-24) and write down these promises and exhortations. What strikes you the most?
Today, for me, it’s:
“Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord with all your heart.”
Failure is inevitable, but God picks me up, dusts me off and tells me to keep going, keep loving. He doesn’t disqualify me and that is truly wonderful news. It’s so easy to give up or spiral once we’ve made a mistake because we want to be perfect. If I’ve already messed up this much, what’s the point? HE’S the point! His name! His glory! His goodness! His salvation and purposes for mankind! He’s not done with me and He can even still use me. “It pleased Him to make a people for Himself.”
Wow. I love Him. Don’t you? What do you want to remember about Him today?