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 unwanted result is undesirable, It is important to guard yourself from repeating the same mistake in life. This however, could not be said of Saul. He was appointed as King of Israel by God. He committed a first mistake when he offered a sacrifice before God, a role reserved for only Priests. This was in violation of God’s commandment (1Sam13:8-13). It should have been enough for him to have noted the dire consequences but strangely he failed to learn from the incidence. 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. Indeed repeating mistakes can cost you a life time! Just avoid it.