Monday, 29th November 2021: You must avoid repeating mistakes!

Scripture Reading: 1Sam 15:34-35
Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless, Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel

Reflections: A ‘Mistake’ is defined as an action, decision, or judgment that produces an unwanted result. Since an unwanted result is undesirable, one needs to guard themselves against it. This however could not be said of Saul. He was appointed as King of Israel by God. He committed a mistake when he offered a sacrifice before God, a role reserved for only Priests (1Sam 13:8-13). It should have been enough for him to have noted the dire consequences but strangely he appeared not to have learnt any lesson. He went ahead to violate God’s commandment for the second time. This time he failed to kill Agag and the livestock captured even though he had received divine instructions to do so (1Sam 15:8-11). By his repeated mistakes, Saul lost his kingship, the presence of God and the spiritual covering of Samuel for the rest of his life. Samuel refused to visit him until the day of his death. Indeed, repeating a mistake twice can cost you a lifetime!

Prayer: Dear Lord, please cause me to walk in wisdom where I don’t repeat mistakes.

Confession: I don’t repeat mistakes in life!