Transformational Truths

Does God Give Up on You When You’ve Gone and Done it AGAIN?

Has this ever happened to you? You pledge to God you are going to do better, to do different, or to not do that again“. Then, finding yourself in the same or similar failure; you think, surely God has given up on me this time.

You are not alone. God’s people in the Bible found themselves in a place of failure multiple times. There was one time of “great wickedness” for God’s people. They thought surely, God was through with them.

We can use this example as God’s guidance to us today. Let’s consider God’s message to the multitude as we address the personal question, “Does God give up on you when you’ve done it again?”

God’s chosen people, the Israelites, had chosen to do evil over good, the ways of the world above the commandments of God, and were openly disobedient to the direct commands of God. They rejected God as their King and asked for a man to be their leader so they could be like other nations around them.

Their request was granted. God gave them a king of their choosing. In 1 Samuel 12, we read God’s plead through His messenger, Samuel. This is God’s message to His people. The people were described as people who were (these are just a few of the many descriptions provided in the Bible):

  • Chosen to be God’s own for Him to have and care for above all other people.
  • Rescued by God from the bondage of slavery.
  • Given lands, vineyards, and wealth they did not have to work for.
  • Protected from the enemies who sought to hurt them.

These people clearly had the favor of God on their lives. They had witnessed miracles and marvelous occurrences of God’s provision and safety. Yet, these millions chose to rebel, disobey, distrust, and be unfaithful to God. What did God say to these people who now were rejecting Him as their God and desiring to be led by a man rather than by God? This multitude had “gone and done it again”. What is God’s message through Samuel, the messenger of God:

Then Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”

1 Samuel 12:20-25

This is God’s message to you when you’ve gone and done it again.

  • I see all the wickedness and evil you have done.
  • Turn from the wickedness and follow me.
  • Serve me (the Lord) with all your inner man – your whole being.
  • Don’t turn away from me because anything other than me is empty and useless.
  • I was pleased to save you, deliver you, redeem you, and bless you. Because I am true to myself, I continually want to save you, deliver you, redeem you, and bless you. That’s who I am.
  • Honor, reverence, respect me (the Lord).
  • Serve me (the Lord) with accuracy.
  • Think deeply and often about all my ways and the ways I have saved you, delivered you, redeemed you, blessed you.
  • Watch out for yourselves though, because if you don’t turn to me but persist in doing evil and wickedness; I (God) will sweep you away.

There is one “threat” in this list. There were eight statements that acknowledged the errors done, provision made for the error, the call of God to turn to God, and the blessing of God’s provision when turning to Him takes place.

The message here is clear . . . God is a God of grace. He wants you to turn to Him. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, how many times you’ve done it, or how wicked it is. When you’ve gone and done it again, God’s message is clear. He has a desire for His people. He has a desire for you. Just as God wanted the people in the Bible to turn to Him; God wants you to turn to Him. He wants you to change your ways (repent), serve Him only, and love Him with an undivided heart from your inner man.

Truly, it is not God’s will any perish (be swept away), but all come to repentance. It is His kindness (grace) that leads you to change your minds and repent of the error of your ways, turn from them, and live.

Today, if there is something that you’ve gone and done again; hear God’s message to you. Take the action to turn to God, receive God’s grace, serve God only, and love God with your all.

Tomorrow, if there is something you’ve gone and done again; hear God’s message to you. Take the action to turn to God, receive God’s grace, serve God only, and love God with your all.

Let each day be the same . . .continually turn to the Lord. It is His pleasure for you to belong to Him. It is His kindness to you that enables you to continually turn to Him.

The goodness of God leads you to repentance.

Romans 2:4

 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Written by: Anne Gurley

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