Appearance or Repentance?

I was reading the story of Samuel and King Saul. when the children of Israel asked God for a king, God gave them Saul. He stood a head taller than any other in Israel. But his heart was not right before God. Saul was a church goer. He was at temple every time that he was supposed to be. He brought animals to sacrifice to the Lord. But his heart was not in it. All of his life he heard the gospel preached by the religious leaders. To everyone in Israel, Saul and his family appeared to be religious and that was enough. But to God, he had fallen short of the gospel. Saul did not believe God’s word. No matter who you are, God will bring you to the place where you must choose. If you do not choose to walk with God, you have made your decision. God instructed Samuel to tell Saul to destroy the Amalekites, to leave none alive including their animals. When Saul returned to Israel, he brought the king of the Amalekites and the best of the animals back. God told Samuel to meet Saul at Gilgal and to tell Saul that because he did not believe God, God has rejected him as king over Israel. When Samuel met Saul and told him what God said, Saul was sorry that he got caught, but did not repent of his sin. The difference between appearance and repentance is an attitude of your heart. Repentance is a heart felt sorrow that you have sinned against God. It is understanding that you have fallen short of God’s word. Saul did not repent of his sins and God’s kingdom was taken from him and his family. It is the same for us today. Do you just go to church thinking that’s enough? Or have you really repented of your sins before God?

Crain Blanchard.

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