What Will People Think?

1 Samuel 15 :24-25

Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the LORD’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. But now, please forgive my sin and come back with me so that I may worship the LORD.” Samuel 15:24-25

If I had five cents for every time my mother said “What will people think, Frances?” I would be truly wealthy. I usually said, in my mind, I don’t care what they think. But, when it comes to following God, do we stop to think what will people think? Do we actually fear them as Saul said that he did? Samuel had told Saul that God was taking away his kingship and giving it to another, a man after God’s heart. Samuel had not followed out God’s commands to kill all of the Amalekites and all of their livestock. And he actually has two excuses in these verses. One he feared the people, so he had to do as they wished and inside this is the idea that “It wasn’t my fault it was theirs.”  And yet, he was the king.

How often do you use these excuses? Do you know what you are supposed to do, but you don’t because, well, what would people think?  God says if you know what you are supposed to do and you don’t, it is a sin. The Bible says “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17
Have you ever continued being friends with someone you know you shouldn’t? Have you kept quiet when the Holy Spirit was urging you to speak? Did you do it because you were afraid what someone would think? David’s wife was disgusted with him for dancing and praising God in the street, but he didn’t care. Have you thought about helping someone out, but not helped him because of what would your spouse think?  If God is telling you through your spirit and his or through the Word, don’t reflect at all on what people will think. Just do it.

What about it wasn’t me, Lord. If you have more than one child you have probably heard that excuse so many times you are about to strangle someone. “I wouldn’t have done it, Mommy, ” but Jamie said…. ” Unless you are a small child dependent on an adult’s care, you and only you are responsible for your actions.  It isn’t always easy to take responsibility for those actions, but they are yours. Saul’s excuses didn’t float with God. He had already removed the kingship from Saul;  although, it would take a time for David to actually gain the throne.

None of Saul’s excuses would work for him, and none of them will work for you. If you mess up just fess up. I did it,  and I am sorry,  and I won’t do it again. God is a God of forgiveness, but He hates excuses. Saul was a king, and he lost that and all that went with it. I don’t want up lose any of God’s gifts, talents, or blessings George has given me.  I want to obey.  I don’t always, but it is no one’s fault but my own, and although it wasn’t my mother’s purpose, thanks to what she said and my rebelliousness, I learned to not care one bit what people think.

Pray that God will help you to gain the strength and fortitude to do all that He asks.


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