1 Samuel 15:10-11 God’s Regret

Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night. 1 Samuel 15:10-11

When the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness, the Amalekites did not treat them correctly, so God had said He would destroy them. The time had come to have the Amalekites destroyed. Through Samuel, God told Saul to attack and completely destroy the Amalekites and everything that they had. Saul did attack, but kept the king alive and the best of the sheep and cattle. At that point God regretted making Saul king because he did not completely obey all of His commands.

God lays out the plans for every person. He knows what is best for that person to be able to live life to the fullest. He also knows what is best for that person to do to accomplish His will and desire in this world.

The hard part for most people is obeying God in everything He says to do. God’s commands do not always make sense in the here and now, in man’s finite vision. It did not make sense for Saul to kill all the animals, but that is what God required. He sees the big picture.

In your life, most likely, God has given you some instructions in what to do or not to do. You need to follow the instructions exactly, just as you need to follow instructions exactly to put an object together. If you do not follow the instructions you will fail and things will not work out correctly.

When you do not follow God’s instructions, He will have regrets about you. He may regret allowing you in a given position or an entitlement.

You do not want God to regret what He has done with and for you. You need to obey all of His commands exactly. If you love God, you will obey Him.

Are you obeying His commands to you exactly as given?

Or are you doing your own thing, causing God some regrets?

I pray today that you will know the commands God has given you; that you will obey God in everything; that your obedience will show your love for God; that you will not cause God to regret anything; and that God will use you to do great things in this world.

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