FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
1 SAMUEL 18:1-9
"… Repent, and turn yourselves
from your idols…"
DO NOT TURN AWAY FROM GOD
David’s success in warfare and his growing popularity became a matter of great concern to Saul. It was told that what compounded the problem was the growing popularity of a women’s song that went, "Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands" (1 Sam 18:7). David had captured the imagination of the Israelites and he rose rapidly in popularity. This led to Saul’s deep jealousy of David’s success. Moreover, Saul had a great fear of David, probably cognizant of the fact that the Spirit of God had departed from him.
The chief weakness of Saul’s character seems to be his want of decision. He was easily swayed by events and by people. His impulsiveness was such that he did not know where to stop. Upon remonstrance, his repentance was as deep as it was short-lived (1 Sam 24:16; 26:21). Saul’s reign ended with discredit and rejection. He went to his death with defeat.
When God through the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, let us not linger and continue to wallow in the murky waters of sinfulness. Let us not pretend to be clean and presume God knows not of our transgressions. Let us not try to cover ourselves with the cloak of piety as if all is well with our souls even though we are aware of the skeletons in our cupboards. Let us repent of our sins right away!
Repentance is God’s gateway back to His fold. A little leaven leavens the whole lump, so wait not for sin to destroy your whole life. While it is early, nip sin in the bud! A little crevice on a gigantic dam may soon drown a village or a town! So let us take the safest and happiest route, which is to turn to God and repent of our sins. Our merciful God is very willing to pardon us!
THOUGHT: Do I readily repent of my sins?
PRAYER: "Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way" (Ps 25:8-9).