BIBLE READING: I Samuel 15:20-22
“And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed,”
I Samuel 15:20-21A
Last time we looked at this passage, we compared King Saul’s reaction to sin to King David’s reaction. King Saul argued while King David repented to what he did was wrong. Today, we are going to look at their responsibility to what they did. In our passage, King Saul lied then blamed what he did on others. Obviously, this was not true according to verse nine. With blaming others, he could show he had a major excuse for his disobedience.
This could not be more different in II Samuel 12:13A “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD.” King David took full responsibility to what he did. What he did was no one else’s fault, but his own. Psalm 51:4 “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” Later, we know God continued to use King David. Again, both responses could not be more different. One was led by pride which caused King Saul to blame others. While King David responded with humility. There will come times where we do something wrong, but which response will we choose? As a Christian, I am thankful for the fact my sins are forgiven. Yes, I still need to confess and take responsibility, but I am thankful for a God of second chances. If we humbly come to God, we can have the grace of God to help and strengthen us today!
David Fulp II