“Then Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.’” 1 Samuel 15:24.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 15-16, 1 Chronicles 5, and Matthew 1.
This is called taking the blame but not really taking the blame!
Saul credits himself with doing wrong BUT blames others for his action.
Saul was the king. He could give orders. He didn’t give his men the orders that Samuel had told him to give. Saul disobeyed God and led his men into sinning against God.
Now Saul is apologetic but in a limited way.
How often do we rationalize our behavior! Too often, I suspect.
We sin and instead of taking full responsibility for it we “share” the responsibility. “It was their fault that I did it,” we tell ourselves.
My responsibility is not to sin against God, period. When I sin, I own it.
Imagine Saul’s men learning that the Israelites were in trouble because of what they had done after a victory. “Huh?” “We did what Saul allowed us to do.” They would probably take Saul’s approach and blame him!
I must own my sinfulness. I must be appalled by it. My sins are against God first. I have disobeyed Him, and I MUST take ownership and responsibility.
If Saul had taken full “credit” then things thereafter might have been different. Instead, they weren’t, and God moved on from Saul to David.
“Lord, forgive me for trying to lessen the impact of my sinfulness. I am a sinner. Enable me to own up to my wrong-doing. I want to be clean with You so that I can rightly represent You in everything I do. Help me, Father.”
How are you at taking full responsibility for your sins? Not good? Saul had the same problem.