1 Samuel 15:10-11
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made
Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not
performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the
Lord all night.
Read that passage carefully. Does the phrase,
“I regret that I have made Saul king,”raise any questions for you? Do you think,Can God have regrets?What was God telling Samuel?
There’s a movement today in evangelicalism in North America that teaches
something called open-theism.
1 Samuel 28:5-7
Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart
trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not
answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said
to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may
go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold,
there is a medium at En-dor.”
The closing events of King
Saul’s life remind us that we can reach a point where we decide, like a
drowning person going down for the third time, to give up.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-7
we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our
gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy
Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to
be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the
Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the
Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in
Macedonia and in Achaia.
I suppose some might be
content to never be an example to others.
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
As it is written, “’For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’” No, in all these things we
are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that
neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor
things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in
all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all
circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do
not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything;
hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Our Lord told the
parable of the widow and the unjust judge to teach us that men ought to
pray without ceasing. The widow persevered in seeking one definite
thing. The parable appears to refer to persevering in prayer for some
special blessing, when God delays or appears to refuse.