It’s been said a sure fire way to get to know a person is by the choices they make in life. Not to equate that one bad choice makes a person bad. Or one good choice makes a person good. Whether you consider yourself to be a good person or a bad person, most of us can be honest and say we’ve all made choices we regret, but have those same regrets stopped you from moving forward?
Would you believe even God had a regret? It’s true. When God appointed Saul king over his people Israel, the Bible says God regretted it. In I Samuel Chapter 15 it states the prophet Samuel was instructed by the Lord to appoint Saul as the king over Israel; and in doing so, Saul was commanded to obey what the Lord had instructed him to do in regards to the Amalekite nation. But Saul only partially obeyed what the Lord had instructed him and because of Saul’s disobedience in the choice he made, it cost him his kingship. The Bible again states in verse 10 of I Samuel 15, “Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I regret ever making Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Be clear, God did not make a mistake, he cannot. But as for Saul, he suffered the pains of regret due to his failure to obey what the Lord had told him. There is an anonymous quote that says, “Never regret anything, for at one time that was what you wanted.” How true is that statement. More often times than not, like little children in a candy store we tend to be blinded by the world in all its wonder and grandeur, rather than to take a spiritual panoramic view of our lives in every situation and circumstance.
I am sure by now, perhaps you may or may not have considered the part or parts you played in your own choices of regret. Well, here is some good news. Your past regrets can become your present redemption. As for Saul, in verse 28 of the same passage, it continues to say, “And Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to someone else—one who is better than you.” God’s regret did not stop him from moving forward and appointing another king over Israel and that king was David. This is proof enough to convince you that your past regrets cannot stop you from moving forward with your life.
It is also safe to say we don’t always know what will come of the choices we may make today, tomorrow, or years from now. But one thing is certain, if we fail to yield to that yet small voice that leads to a righteous life, then we’re no better off than Saul.
What is better…to live a life of righteousness, or to live a lifetime of regrets? The choice is yours.