Saving Face vs Salvation

1 Samuel 15:24-31
Sha’ul said to Sh’mu’el, “I have sinned. I violated the order of ADONAI and your words too, because I was afraid of the people and listened to what they said. Now, please, pardon my sin; and come back with me, so that I can worship ADONAI.” But Sh’mu’el said to Sha’ul, “I will not go back with you, because you have rejected the word of ADONAI, and ADONAI has rejected you as king over Isra’el.” As Sh’mu’el was turning around to leave, he took hold of the hem of his cloak, and it tore. Sh’mu’el said to him,”ADONAI has torn the kingdom of Isra’el away from you today and given it to a fellow countryman of yours who is better than you. Moreover, the Eternal One of Isra’el will not lie or change his mind, because he isn’t a mere human being subject to changing his mind.” Then Sha’ul said, “I have sinned; but in spite of that, please show me respect now before the leaders of my people and before Isra’el by coming back with me, so that I can worship ADONAI your God.” So Sh’mu’el followed Sha’ul back, and Sha’ul worshipped ADONAI.

Sometimes I have done as King Sha’ul, more concerned about what people think, than true repentance of my sin. But as Adonai later tells Sh’mu’el when he is anointing David to be the prince of his people, God doesn’t look at our outward appearances but to our heart. Abba as you take me through cullings and revivings let me always be focused on You. Let my actions match my heart so that I may serve You openly and not worry about what others might think. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.


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