“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.”
I Samuel 12:20-24 NKJV
There are days when I long for the coming of the Lord. I awaken to daily storms in my mind and my body, as I deal with emotional and physical pains. When the Lord comes, I know that all these things will be ended and there will be no more sin, and no more opportunities to disappoint God with my own unfaithfulness.
As I approach each day, I remember the grace of God, His faithfulness and His patience. The children of Israel had gotten their king in I Samuel chapter 12, and Samuel is giving them an address on the coronation of Saul.
Samuel reminds them of his righteouness before them, how he served them through the Lord. He reminds them that if they and their king follow the Lord, they will be blessed. He also cautions them, by way of reminder, that they have been thus far, unfaithful.
He reminds them of the grace of God, that if they return to the Lord, He will not forsake them. He is faithful for HIs namesake, and is delighted in them. As I read the passage, I could not forget the many times I have failed, the many mountain peaks and low valleys of the faith I received from Jesus. He has always welcomed back.
We who are the called, we who believe are imperfect, as we stumble and fall, get up and walk again. Through my faith walk, I have renewed my pursuit of God once I have gotten off the ground, dusted my knees and resumed my walk. Jesus has been faithful to receive me.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
I John 1:8-10 NKJV
Part of walking in newness of life is being careful to admit one’s sin, confessing all to the Father immediately. If we do not, we are calling God a liar, as the holy Spirit convicts of our sin.
We who are New Testament believers have great advantage over the children of Israel, as Jesus went to the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again. In His resurrection, we are made new, and given the power to turn from sin. We are no longer under condemnation if we make mistakes.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1 NKJV
Even as we stumble, we have an advocate in Jesus. Though the children of Israel had rejected Samuel, he was still committed to pray for them and lead them in the proper ways. Jesus is faithful to intercede on our behalf before the Father even when we have failed. He also bears witness of our salvation before the accuser of the brethren.
Samuel is a great example for believers, as he continued to serve his people and pray for them even as they fell into disobedience. As one who teaches, advises, exhorts and prays, I have had many a moment when those I have sought to lift up have rejected me, have laid my advice aside, only to fail. I continue to pray for them, as my savior Jesus continues to intercede on my behalf.
Brothers and sisters, let us pray for one another, continuously, as the day is late, and time is slipping away. There will be many incidences when those who believe will have their faith tested, and some may fall by the wayside. We who are steadfast must continue to pray for those who have strayed, that they turn back and repent.
Far be it from us to not pray for them. We have been given the blessing of access to the throne of God. Let us also pray for those who have not come to believe , that they come to salvation.
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