God will not forsake you for His great name’s sake.
”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.” 1 Sam. 12:22
In 1 Samuel chapter 8 Israel demanded for a king to rule over them as other nations. Despite Samuel’s persuasion on them to drop their demand while pointing out the implications, they insisted on having a king over them.
So in chapter 9 Saul was chosen as king and in chapter 10 he was anointed. But on the day of Saul’s coronation something remarkable happened. Towards the end of his address Samuel declared: ”Is today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the LORD, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking a king for yourselves.’ So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.’ ” 1 Sam. 12:17-18
This was the wheat harvest – a dry season, a period that thunder and rain were unheard of. This event was, therefore, an indication that the request of Israel to have a king over them was wrong, thus, against God’s purpose and will. In fact, a total rejection of God Himself, His rule and Lordship over them.
The people therefore begged for mercy having recognized their evil deed. Samuels’s response is remarkable: ”…do not fear. You have done all this wickedness, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, 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.” 1 Samuel 12:20 -22.
We may wander away from God choosing rather to fulfill our plans and desires. But even at the point of failure and guilt because of disobedience or unbelief, it is soothing to know that God never forsakes His children.
God has invested too much in us to allow all to go down with the wind. This is not an encouragement for us to continue in sin that grace may abound. Rather it is an encouragement to anyone who has strayed away from God’s purpose to turn to Him in true repentance asking for forgiveness.
Yes, God will forgive you if you will repent today and remain steadfast to His will and commands ensuring that no other king rules over you.
Also remember; God has not finished with you, so don’t give up on Him.