What have we done? After the anointing of Saul and the transformation to Monarchy, God uses Samuel to clarify what Israel had truly done—You wanted to be independent of God despite the many rescues, provision and power he has provided for you…Israel realized the mistake that was. They would never be the same. But in the realization, God holds out hope for his people—If you and your king will submit to me and follow me, it will be fine. Since Adam and Eve, God has always looked at the condition of the heart and not the circumstance to determine our allegiance. If we continue to follow him, he will provide and protect us in any circumstance.
In our journey, we make great and bad choices. Many have life altering outcomes. In the midst of the choices, God holds out hope. Submit and follow and It will be ok. I can bless you no matter what your circumstance. Our duty is to remain focused upon him and trust him to lead us through the circumstance. It is important, however, to seek him even as we make big choices so that we will not be made painfully aware of the mistakes that confront us. H
Seek him, follow him and he will be with you in each and every circumstance that faces us.
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18 Then Samuel called on the Lord, and that same day the Lord sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the Lord and of Samuel.
19 The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king.”
20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. 23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. 24 But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 25 Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.”