Then Samuel turned to leave, but Saul caught hold of his cloak and it tore. Samuel said to him, ‘The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel away from you today and given it to someone who is a better man than you. Israel’s majestic God does not lie or change his mind. He is not a human being—he does not change his mind.’ (verses 27-29)
Read 1 Samuel 15:24-35
I have met some very resolute people. They are people who make decisions, and once their decision is made, there is no stopping them. You just know that no amount of pleading or arguing or even shouting will change their mmd. Maybe they are displaying something of the character of God.
Our God is resolute in his decision to save his creation and bless his people. He has made his mind up about us. In his great love for us he took the decision to send us a servant-king, his only Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from an existence devoid of mercy and empathy. He has decided that we are his children.
I am glad that my heavenly Father is a decisive parent. His unswerving resolve is my comfort. He will not change his mind about you or me. We are his and he is ours forever, and his sure will is that we live in his presence for all time.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for choosing me to be your child. Help me live in your presence today and bring me safely to the end of the journey you have set for me to travel. Amen.
by Adrian Kitson, in ‘Renewed Hope for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 2000)
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