Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.”
1 Samuel 15:10 (NIV)
A recent study conducted for MNP Debt found that more than half of Canadians regret having incurred debts. Data showed that 41% of those who were surveyed regretted the amount of debt they have acquired so far, while 37% are concerned about their debt levels at present. Further, 33% of the respondents also regretted buying impulsively and paying such purchases via their credits cards. Another 18% regretted their uncontrolled daily expenses, which include coffee. 44% of Canadians are uncertain whether they can handle all living and family expenses in the next year without gaining more debt.
We have all done things that we have lived to regret. We have invested in what seemed like a sure things only to lose our investment, or we have put our support behind someone we thought was going to do something great and they have disappointed us. Whatever the disappointment, regret is a challenging thing. There is an interesting verse about regret in 1 Samuel 15:10: “Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: ‘I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.’” You never want to cause God any regret. When God calls you, the only true response is an immediate yes, and then a consistent commitment to that call. It doesn’t mean we have to be perfect – that is impossible. King David sinned horribly but the Lord still called him a man after his own heart. What a contrast to Saul whose entire leadership was not what the Lord wanted for him or Israel. Our prayer should be that nothing we do will cause God to regret His call on our lives.
These have been words from the heart.