Scripture Reading: I Samuel 12
“And Samuel said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.'” (I Samuel 12:20)
Samuel confronted the people with their sin and the sins of their ancestors (vs. 6-13). Remember that these people had rejected God as their king and had demanded a king like the nations around them. God could have easily rejected the people, but He did not, for He is the God of second chances. In fact He is the God of third, fourth, tenth, hundredth chances!
The people admitted their sin — “And all the people said to Samuel, ‘Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king” (v. 19). Once they repented, Samuel offered them hope — “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart” (v. 20).
Here is the grace and mercy of God in action! The people deserved to die, but God gave them another chance. This is the nature of our Lord. He grants forgiveness when we repent and He gives us new opportunities to follow and to serve Him. Indeed, His mercies are new every morning –“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is His faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22,23).
Have you failed the Lord? Do you have regrets in your life? Of course you have. We all have failed Him and we all have regrets. But the Lord doesn’t give up on us for His mercies never cease.
Lord God, thank You that You do not reject me when I fail You. Because of the Lord Jesus, You forgive me time and time again. Thank you that You are the God of second, third, tenth, hundredth chances. Indeed Your love never ceases. Great is Your faithfulness!
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