Does God Make Mistakes?

1st Samuel 15:35

And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

    God knows all, sees all, no-one or nothing is greater than God. There is nothing God cannot do. Right? God cannot fail. Either right? Wait a minute, donít these contradict? There is nothing He canít do, but He canít fail. Hmm, exactly the types of things that the world tries to use to say the Bible contradicts itself.

   People ask, can God make something so heavy He canít lift it? Can He bury a diamond in the desert and then forget where He buried it? If He canít then He fails, and we are told God can not fail. Then on the other-hand, if we say yes to their question, He fails because now there is something He couldnít do!

   I ask again, can God make a rock so heavy that He canít lift it? YESÖif He WANTS to. Can he hide a diamond in the desert and then forget about it? YESÖ.if He WANTS to. Can God fail? YESÖ..if He wants to.

   It says God repented that he made Saul king. Does that mean He failed? No, he just felt sorry that He has promoted him to king. In this sense of the word, it is VERY different than the repenting that you and I must do.

   Letís look at the story of Saul. For many years the Israelites were ruled by Judges. Great men of God like Samson, Gideon, Eli, Deborah, and Samuel. It was what was known as a theocracy. But the Israelites soon wanted to be like other nations and have a king to rule over them, known as a monarchy. In Chapter 10 of 1st Samuel, we see that God raised up Saul to become Israelís first King. Only 5 chapters later, God repented that He had done so. 

   Why? What is it that we do to make God repent blessing us? We act out against Him and our attitude changes. Just as Saul, we start out humble, then the Lord blesses us, and for most it is where the problem starts. There are four things that cause God to repent His promotions to us.

   Let us first look and see the instruction God gave Saul in 1st Samuel 15:3-

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

   We see He had orders, God does this with us, gives us instruction because He is promoting us. Or He blesses us with things. Thatís when things start. How we handle this directly affects whether or not God repents that promotion.


        1. Conceited Within Yourself

Samuel tells Saul in verse 17

And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

   This breaks down to attitude. Saul was lowly and from a bad part of town and God promoted him. Through the years he got big headed. His attitude changed. He started thinking he was better than everybody else. What about you? Back before you got the big HDTV you had a 13Ē b&w with aluminum foil on the rabbit ears to pick the signal up. Before you got a big house or nice car, how was your attitude? As you drive it, are you looking down your nose at someone who is barley making it by, has a window covered by plastic, and the car is smoking? Did you ever think that maybe what is in THEIR heart is much more pure and clean than yours? We canít forgive our fellow brothers and sisters anymore. Weíd rather hold a grudge! We canít shake each others hands when we see our own brothers and sisters and Christ out in Wal-mart. Maybe you put more thought into what you were going to wear to church today than what you were going to do to praise God when you got here. So now we see, the first thing we do that makes God repent the promotion He gives us, is being conceited within yourself.


2. Unable to  Recognize Your Sin

Samuel writes in 7-9

7And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.

 8And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

 9But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.


Samuel writes in verse 20

And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

   God gave orders to kill everything. Saul did not, but he says he did what God told him to. In his eyes, he did what he was told even though he clearly had not. He was unable to recognize his sin. What about you? Have you lost touch? Do you sin but believe you are not? Have you become numb? Do you hold a grudge and feel it is everyday life? We are told not to hold a grudge. Do you  bear hatred and think it is okay? Are the people you call your friends the same ones God approves of? Are your friends dragging you out into the ways of the world of drinking, drugs, cursing, etc.? Is the music you listen to uplifting, or worldly trash that pulls you away from God? Tell me the last time you think Jesus found glory in AC/DC, or Hotel California (a song about a mansion a Satanist lived in), or even country songs talking that pride themselves in drinking and scantily clad women in their videos? So, the second thing we do to make God repent giving us a promotion, is being unable to recognize our sin.


3. Praising God in the Midst of Sin

Samuel tells us in verse 21

But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal

   Here, Saul says they are taking the things to a place called Gilgal, where they were going to build a huge altar to sacrifice them to the Lord. He sinned by not following what God said, but then tries to turn the sin into praise for God? Have you talked about someone sitting in the pew next to you Monday through Saturday only to come to church on Sunday and sit by them praising God, but still thinking about the gossip? Been completely drunk on Saturday only to sober up for a Sunday service? Live a life of sin, fornication, drugs and alcohol only to put on a happy face for Sunday? Curse out of your mouth or defile others Mon-Sat and sing hymns in church on Sunday? Steal money and then use it to tithe the Lord? These are sins God ordered you to utterly destroy!! Yes, you have orders! You have committed the third thing that makes God repent giving you a promotion. You are praising God in the midst of sin.


4. Pleasing People Versus God

Samuel then tells us in verse 24

And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

   Saul was more worried about what people said than what God told Him to do. He feared what man would say versus what God would say. Have you remained silent when the Lord says stand up for me because you might get told you arenít respecting others? Have you remained silent on Bible heresies and false religions? Are you passive? Donít witness because you might be laughed at? Our Lord Jesus Christ came from His realm of glory and died a horrible death on the Cross for us. Is ridicule for standing up for Him so bad? After all, man can only bother you here on earth. If you canít stand up, if you canít witness, if you canít tell peope of other faiths that without the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior they are going to a burning Hell for ever and ever,Ö.you are guilty of the the fourth thing that makes God repent giving you a promotion. You are pleasing people versus God. Hereís a thought for you, those people wonít be there when you stand before God Almighty on Judgment Day. You can only point the finger at yourself.

   Samuel walked away from Saul after this never to see Him again. 15 years later, Samuel died and Saul was sorry. God tells us He repented for making Him king. Yes, God CAN look back and feel that he should not have promoted us or blessed us. We bring that on. He did not fail, we did.

Are you in danger of the Lord repenting promoting you?

Mike Harris


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