Scripture: 1 Samuel 11-12, 1 Chronicles 1, 2 Corinthians 11

1 Samuel 12:13-15 Now here is the king you chose; you asked for him, and now the Lord has given him to you. 14All will go well with you if you honor the Lord your God, serve him, listen to him, and obey his commands, and if you and your king follow him. 15But if you do not listen to the Lord but disobey his commands, he will be against you and your king.


God gave Israel another chance; He gave them a reset.

It is clear in 1 Samuel 8 and again in this chapter that Israel sinned in asking for a king.  They were rejecting God as their king.  Samuel explained this to them (ch. 8) but they insisted on having a king anyway.  So God gave them what they asked for.

But instead of punishing them, God gave them another chance.  Samuel tells Israel that things will still go well if they will honor the Lord, serve Him, listen to Him, follow Him and obey Him.  But if they don’t, God will be against them.

It’s as if God is saying, “You sinned, but you can start over from where you are.  You get another chance to do it right.”

This isn’t the only time God does this for Israel.  There are many times in the Old Testament story where God gives Israel a reset.  “Start over right where you are and do it right.”

I meet lots of people who need a reset: the grace from God that forgives and allows them to move forward.  It might be from a failed marriage, a broken relationship, a financial disaster, an addiction, a bad habit, a poor choice.  But whatever it is, we need to know that God forgives us, and gives us another chance.  Start over right where you are.  And do it right.

It’s a reset.

It’s grace.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for Your grace that lets us start over right where we are.  Thanks for resets!