THE STORY OF JESUS: 1 Samuel 12-15
“Samuel mourned for him, and the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.” (1 Samuel 15:35)
Can you imagine what it is to make God cry?
The word translated ‘regret’ speaks of deep sorrow and pain.
This verse recalls how God felt about how human sin ruined creation.
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” (Genesis 6:5-6)
God is deeply troubled at human sin because He loves us, and wants the best for us.
God hates all suffering in the world, and it saddens Him deeply when we are the cause of it.
Mel Gibson’s The Passion was a disturbing movie, but one scene touched me deeply.
As Jesus dies, the scene moves up into heaven and turns into a tear, which drops beside Jesus’ body.
Do we really grasp how deep God’s pain is when His appointed leaders go against His heart.
At the same time, do we grasp God’s deep joy when finally Jesus comes, a man after His heart.
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Jesus is cause for deep joy, even tears of joy, for in Him we see God’s deep heart of love!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I am so glad that You came. To see You express God’s heart of grace, mercy, peace and love. Thank You for being a King after God’s heart, and mine!