Have You Failed?
I Samuel 15:24
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
Benjamin Franklin once stated, “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them!” There is an example of that truth found in (I Samuel 15:3,9). Saul, the first king of Israel, had been given a divine command but he failed to obey. When he was confronted by the prophet of God, Samuel, with his disobedience, Saul refused to admit his guilt. After continued rebuke, the king finally confessed, “I have sinned,” but with his confession, he gave an excuse for empty words (I Samuel 15:24). Because of his improper response concerning his sin, Saul’s kingdom was ultimately destroyed. It is foolish to indulge in our own lust and try to make a useless attempt to conceal our guilt.
Another example of one of God’s men failing in his duty as king was David. As Israel’s King, David reflected on his own guilt and afflicted state. Sleep escaped him, his energy was drained by emotional despair and he was feeling the chastisement of the Lord upon him. David’s problem was that he regarded the words of the Lord with little value and treated them lightly (II Samuel 12:9). Undoubtedly this meant that he had an improper view of God’s Word and of God Himself.
What is your view of God? Do you fear Him? Have you expressed your guilt before Him and repented of your sin? Have you experienced God’s grace not only in salvation but in repentance and restoration? Such great conviction and strength are given in Psalm 51 where we find David’s confession of sin and restoration of his spirit to the Lord. David could have easily thought that God had given up on him but in His great mercy and grace, God lovingly forgave him.
Lord, I confess I am guilty before You and ask for forgiveness of my sin.