1 Samuel 15:30-31
Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.” So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.
The story of Saul is one of the saddest in the Bible. Saul had it all and he blew it. God had given him the position of king of Israel and was prepared to establish his kingdom forever. But instead Saul didn’t follow God’s instructions (through Samuel) and lost his chance.
Sin ruins our relationship with God. The blood of Jesus washes away all of our sins but there are still consequences for our actions. While there may be earthly consequences, the greatest problem is that it distances us from God.
Saul did not have just one minor slip up and God decided to pull the rug out from under him to watch him fall. This last sin is the straw that broke the camel’s back. There is no statement more telling of how far Saul was from God than “come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.” God was no longer his God but rather the God of Samuel whom Saul thought was beneficial to worship.
Fortunately, there is hope for all of us. Just as we have been forgiven once and for all for our sins, our relationship with God is restored whenever we ask for forgiveness. The more we acknowledge our own sin, the greater we will recognize God because of His forgiveness. That is true cause for worship.