Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that God was angry when Saul disobeyed him. Consequently, Samuel told Saul that his kingdom would not endure and the Lord would appoint a king who obey his commands. Shortly afterwards, Saul’s son, Jonathan and his armor bearer went to the Philistine’s camp. God’s terror came upon the Philistines and they fell before them. Jonathan and his armor bearer seized the moment and killed twenty men.
Then, the Lord threw the entire Philistines’ army into panic and the ground shook. Their focus changed and they started fighting each other. Saul and his men saw the confusion and joined the battle. The Israelites who had deserted Saul rejoined the army and God gave the Israelites victory (1 Samuel 13:13-23; 1 Samuel 14).
Although Saul disobeyed God, he gave him victory over the Philistines. God is not like man; he does not hold grudges. He had his plan to accomplish and name to protect. He promised the Israelites that he would give them the territory of the Philistines (Exodus 23:31), hence he was focused on fulfilling his promise. God’s name embodies attributes such as faithful, honesty, compassion, forgiving, goodness, and love. He protects his name at any cost.
Perhaps you have disobeyed God and are wondering if he will keep his promise to you. The answer is “Yes.” Scripture says, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is” (2 Timothy 2:13). We are all a part of God’s plan. His ultimate plan is for everyone to recognize his sovereignty. Our actions do not derail his plan (Job 42:2). Beyond the shadow of a doubt, after being defeated, the Philistines recognized God’s existence and sovereignty.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your master plan. Help us to understand that your plan is bigger than us. In Jesus’ name, amen.