We saw yesterday that Israel had “messed up” by asking God for a king to rule over them, so that they could be “like all the peoples.” Then in I Samuel 12, God showed the people of Israel clearly that they had indeed sinned against Him. In :17 Samuel said, “I will call to the Lord, that He may send thunder and rain. Then you will know and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the Lord by asking for yourselves a king.” God wanted them to know in no uncertain terms that what they had done was evil. It wasn’t just a “mistake” or a “slip-up”; it was “wickedness” — a sin!
Verse 18 says that subsequently, God did indeed send thunder and rain, and the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. Then an important thing happened: :19 says that the people acknowledged their sin: “we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.”
This is an important step for anyone who has “messed up.” You must admit your sin. Don’t try to excuse it, justify it, minimize it, blame someone else for it, or try to call it something other than what it was. Confess your sin to God.
David wrote in Psalm 32:3, “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me …”. Then he said in :5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’; and You forgave the guilt of my sin.” When David admitted his sin to God, he found relief and forgiveness.
Just like David in Psalm 32, and Israel in I Samuel 12, God wants you to know for certain that your “mess up” was a sin. He knows it, and you know it. Admit your sin to God. If you will, He is a gracious God, who will forgive your sin. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But it begins with this crucial step of admitting your sin. Then and only then will you have the possibility of restoring your relationship with God.
We will look at the next step for those who have “messed up” in tomorrow’s devotion from I Samuel 12 …