And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.
1 Samuel 12:20-22 ESV
I have a tendency to be critical of myself. Being self-aware each time I fall short to Christ-likeness or when I fail to demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit. And then I get myself in to thinking whether this is me being perfectionist or it is the Holy Spirit Who appeals to my consciousness. I do not like the earlier because it means that I am legalistic and has become performance-based, taking pride of my own work when I follow the Lord while becoming disappointed when I cannot.
So I am just thankful reading this passage today, because I am affirmed of God’s grace for me, that the guilt He places on me is a guard on my heart. The Holy Spirit is actively working, allowing me to be sensitive to what grieves the Lord so my character would develop. There is no guarantee that I will always be the perfect daughter of our Heavenly Father but Jesus is His perfect Son. At times that I struggle living God’s high standards, I have to think about my relationship with Jesus, what He has done for me so I can always turn back to God. Jesus knows my struggle, He exposed Himself to worldly temptations but overcame them all. Jesus is constantly praying for me, just like He prayed for Peter for his faith to persevere. This is more than enough reason to always receive the grace and mercy that God provides to sustain my faith each day. The same power to help me live a life that really matters and glorifying to our Lord God. Forget about what I can willfully do and not do, I can always depend on God knowing He always delivers and true to His promises!
Soli Deo Gloria!