The wise old Samuel, prophet and judge of Israel, agreed with his penitent people that they had done so much evil (1 Sam. 12:20). What then? Give up?! Just be honest enough to quit! There is no hope! He doesn’t say a word like that.
Instead he said, with all that evil in view, “yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.” What heart? Did they actually still have any heart? Samuel, speaking for God, believed so. Isn’t that a truly wonderful thing?! At times aren’t we so given to extremes? Tonight I am glad that even when I see absolutely no reason why He should bother with me…that He still bothers…and that He would never call it a bother. I’m glad that when my hope is flickering He reminds me again that He is my hope of glory. Listen, beloved, we are His …Cross-bought…Kingdom-dwellers…guilt-ridden but glory-bound…undeserving but delighted in…weak but supported in every way. We are His. He has made us exceeding great and such precious promises that He will never go back on. And right now, even with our record of sin and failure, He is bringing to completion the good work He began in us when we first came to Him. Don’t turn away! In morning worship tomorrow, turn your heart toward Him again. Say and mean, “Thank you, Father.” And surrender to Him one. more. time. Glorify His Name!