God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

We know that God doesn’t lie, change his mind, or repent. God does what he says he’s going to do. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can always count on God to be the same. 

The first king of Israel was Saul. When the Lord made him king, he knew all about Saul. There is nothing hidden from God’s sight. Why is it, then that God tells Samuel later on, “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions”? (1 Samuel 15:11 NIV) Is God saying if he could do it over again, he wouldn’t have made Saul king? How could that be since God knows everything? Is this a contradiction in the Bible? 

God’s ways are not our ways; His thoughts are above our thoughts. Quite simply put, God doesn’t do things the way we do them. He has a perspective that no one else has. Even the Second Coming is hidden from everyone’s sight except His (cf. Matthew 24:36). When we repent or regret something, it means we wish it didn’t happen. If we could go back and do it again differently, we would. Our repentance or regret is a change of mind and heart. God feels sorrow and pain over sin and those who sin. However, he knows how everything works out in the end, and he is just and right. 

So, when God tells Samuel that he’s sorry he made Saul king, he’s not saying he wouldn’t do it again. He’s sorry about the sin and destruction that Saul has committed. He’s sorry that Saul turned away from him. It grieves Him that it happened, but it had to happen that way. However, God would have done it again if he had to. Just because bad things happen in life, it doesn’t mean that they make all of life bad.

For example, I like the movie, Forrest Gump. I’ve watched it several times. However, even though I’ve watched the movie several times, there are parts in it that are sad and make me cry. Every time. Now, I don’t stop watching the film or skip those sad parts because those parts are what make the happy parts in the film better. They have their place in the film, without them, the film wouldn’t be Forrest Gump

Consider doing the right thing (in God’s eyes) versus doing the wrong thing (what looks good to you). There have been many times in my life that I’ve had a choice between doing what was right; and painful, or doing what felt good. At the time, those painful things hurt! However, I can look back and see that God brought good out of them.

God doesn’t lie, and he doesn’t make mistakes. He knows exactly what we’re going to do before we do it. He knows the mistakes we’re going to make, yet he still allows us to go through and make them. That’s grace and love. I’m going to leave you with this verse from Genesis that I often think about when I’m thinking of God’s plan for creation.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.  

Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be free from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away. 

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.