For 2020, I have chosen Isiah 41:10 as my personal verse. This lead into a theme for this year’s “His Encouragement” posts. Each week, I will look at another “fear not” Scripture of the Bible. I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about trusting God and rooting out the fear in our lives.
And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;1 Samuel 12:20
The nation of Israel asked Samuel to find them a king to rule over them just like all the other surrounding nations. Samuel warned the people that this was a terrible idea and he told them all the things that a human king would require of them, things they didn’t face as a theocracy (ruled by God). But the people were insistent and God told Samuel to give the people what they wanted even though it broke his heart.
After the crowning of King Saul, the prophet Samuel reminded the people what happened each time the children of Israel turned away from God. The people realized the wickedness they had committed before God and asked Samuel to pray for them so that God would not punish them for their sin.
That’s when verse 20 comes into play. It is Samuel’s response to the peoples’ plea. He tells them not to be afraid, instead of looking at their sin, they need to put their eyes back on the Lord and serve him with all their heart.
This happens so often in the lives of Christians. We sin (far more than we want) and then we ask God’s forgiveness, but we keep beating up ourselves about it. We keep looking at the sin– how wicked and evil we are– instead of believing God’s promise to put it as far as the east is from the west and go forward serving the Lord with our whole heart.
Christian, stop dwelling on your forgiven sins. Yes, you did wrong. Yes, you broke God’s heart. But if He has put it away, why should you keep bringing it up?!? Accept God’s promise from I John 1:9 and move on!! Put your focus and your energy to following the Lord and serving Him.
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