“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. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of His Great Name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you His own.
– 1 Sam 12:20-22
Here we see that Israel finally understands their folly in asking for a king. They are remiss at what they have done, and so go into the typical woe-is-me attitude. However, God has chosen them and will never forsake Israel totally. No what we learn is that God’s patience is long lasting and that He is very slow to anger and even in our mistakes there is grace and mercy.
Many people today chase happiness like a dog chases their tail round and round they go and then when they catch that happiness for just an instant in their lives they are blissful. But what a dog and these people realize is that you cannot live your life with your mouth connected to your tail. Happiness has let you down and it soon has to turn back to life. Happiness is something that is to be enjoyed but not coveted.
What Israel and the people have learned is that life is about the Lord and true happiness comes in the form of joy. The people here rejoice because their God has not forsaken them despite their evil. It is the same with us, now. For all of our acts of wickedness God still has mercy and grace for us. There is but one sin that is unforgivable, that sin is not a sin of accident but it is a willful and total rejection of God after coming into the truth.
Outside of blaspheming the Holy Spirit, there is no sin that is unforgivable. This means that I can be forgiven and that God is long suffering in his love for Me. I cannot by accident turn Him from me, no I am kinda stuck with Him as long as I will have Him in my life. This is awesome and does not give me a license to sin, but a license to find joy and yes even moments of happiness as I remember what He has done for me.
And in my joy and happiness I turn more resolutely to the one that has brought me these things. When I find a recipe I like, I don’t just cook it once; or when I find a restaurant I like, I don’t just frequent it once. No, we as people continue back again and again. It is no different with God, when we truly experience the joy of Christ, we want to come back again and again. To turn more fully each day, to serve Him with all of our hearts. This is how we give glory to the one true God and the blessing then, because He has made it so, falls back upon us. What a great God we serve!
Hallelujah and praise the Lord,