“Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.”
1 Samuel 15:35 NIV
Oh how I dearly love blogging on topics related to Christian living! As a mature man of God, I have taken the personal responsibility to educate myself on the simplest Christian cliches to the most complex of issues of the faith. That way whenever I encounter people in every day life, I have range and am well equipped to answer any questions they may have about my faith or about my God. Per usual, this is not an attempt by Basil Jackson to speak on The Lords behalf. However, it is an attempt to educate you on a truth. How you apply this truth to your everyday life and the circumstances you may have faced up to this point is up to you.
I’ll answer your question straightway. God makes no mistakes. This is a short answer to a complex question that would call for me to break things down further. There are instances that state he had regret. Which most people would say could technically be a mista- I’ll just keep this one surface level and let you do the research on your own :)
I want to preface this by saying, start googling the Bible, find out what you believe and why you believe it. Don’t trust another man’s Crystal ball. Especially not mine. However, I’m going to show you one instance of God’s “regret.” Not to disprove God’s Godliness but to prove God’s humanness, compassionate and empathetic nature.
Many people are aware of the Bible story of David and Goliath but are not well versed on the events that led up to David becoming a rockstar (pun intended).
Before David, there was King Saul. What we do know about King Saul is that he showed great promise. He was strong, tall, and modest. God's spirit was in him, and with Samuel as his counsel he was destined for success. Scripture ends up stating that The Lord deeply regretted making Saul king. Shortly after rejecting him as king, Saul lost his mind and later ended up committing suicide. This actually isn’t the only time the Bible states that God regretted something. (Go read Genesis 6)
Now why in the world?! Would an “awesome,” “perfect” God anoint him and let him be king in the first place? Does this indicate that God made a mistake? Was this a waste of time if he knew Saul was gonna flip the switch and disobey Him all along?
Better yet. Enough with the Bible talk. Why would a “loving” “perfect” God allow my cousin Nicolette to die at such a young age of cancer? Or why did he allow me to be a fatherless child? Did he make a mistake by allowing these things to happen?
I certainly don’t believe so. And it took me a while to get to that place. Yes, the feelings behind both of those concepts are super real for me. They are super raw. But without those things being apart of my testimony or story, I would not be who I am today. Contrary to popular belief, apart from those trials I probably wouldn’t believe in God at all.
This isn’t a motivational speech saying get over what you have been through. But what I am saying is even when you take into consideration the crazy time that we are now living in with the Coronavirus. Things are going according to schedule for God, because nothing catches him by surprise.
Let’s face it. Humans are gonna be human. We live in a broken world where wicked things happen to good people. And things will be that way until the end of time. The Spiritual giants of the Bible made mistakes out of their humanness, But that does not mean God make a mistake by allowing it to happen. Understand this, because we often times cannot see in the present why God may have allowed certain things to happen. We have to choose our response. We can remain sad, bitter, angry, disconnected from others, and filled with resentment towards God and the world - or- we can choose to take the proper time to grieve.
To choose to forgive others and ourselves. To love again. To trust again. To allow God to take the broken pieces of our lives and make them beautiful in HIS appointed time. When we are willing to take the latter approach, the pain just might be the vehicle that drives us to our true purpose.