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1 Samuel 15:35
Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.
This is a sad commentary on the life of King Saul. In chapter 11 of this book, he was made King over Israel. In chapter 12, the Prophet Samuel scolded the people of Israel for having demanded a King. In chapter 13, Saul sinned by offering a burnt offering that was reserved only for Priests. In chapter 14, he made a decree that involved having his son Jonathan executed for a crime Jonathan didn’t know was a crime. Consequently, no one in the country followed the King’s decree and Jonathan’s life was spared. Now, here in chapter 15, King Saul sinned by not having Agag, the King of the Amalekites, killed. Samuel had to do it and God regretted having made Saul King of Israel. Samuel never visited Saul again, though he prayed and mourned over him till the day he (Samuel) died.
God wasn’t suggesting that He (GOD) had made a mistake when He made Saul King. No! God regretted that Saul refused to change. Saul was so attractive and such a valiant warrior, but he refused to “Get It!” Someone once said, “Stupid Is as Stupid Does!” An earthly King is NOT God. He’s just a man with authority, and when he continues to operate as God, in time, there’s just … “No More Forgiveness” for that. Eventually, we are all called to grow up and do the will of God. Thankfully today, because of Jesus, there is even GRACE for us “Hard Headed Folks.”
I don’t want to go my own way today. I want Your will to be my PURPOSE for living. Amen