Samuel said to them, "Don’t be fearful. It’s true that you have done
something very wrong. All the same, don’t turn your back on God.
Worship and serve him heart and soul! Don’t chase after ghost-gods.
There’s nothing to them. They can’t help you. They’re nothing but
ghost-gods! God, simply because of who he is, is not going to walk off and leave his people. God took delight in making you into his very own people. I Samuel 12:20-22 (TM)
One of the most common responses when I’m faced with my own sin is shame – that feeling of being utterly worthless. When shame attacks, I can’t comprehend how God would ever love me accept me, or want to continue His relationship with me. When confronted with their sin, Israel responded the same way I’ve responded a million times – by shrinking away in shame, fearful that this has been the last straw – surely God has had enough of me and my stupidity – surely He will walk away from this time, give up on me, and call it quits.
I’ve recently been grieving over a broken relationship. A dear friend has been giving me the cold shoulder, refusing to answer messages and not responding to invitations to talk it through. It’s very shaming. I’ve obviously done something to hurt my friend and rather than work it through he’s walked away.
That’s why today’s verse spoke to me. I love Samuel’s response to Israel, reminding us that God is not human. Because of who He is, He is not going to leave us or forsake us. I Timothy 2:13 puts it this way: "if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself."