“Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honour me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.” (1 Samuel 15:30).
Saul had deep insecurities. These meant that he was obsessed with what the elders and his men thought of him. He wanted to look good, holy and be honoured by others more than to obey God.
We often live under the burden of being obsessed by what others think of us. Our minds are consumed with thoughts about whether people still love us, respect us, or what they think of us. We often act out of what we think people might be thinking! These attempts to ‘sure up’ our insecurities actually work against us and we worry and anguish all the more.
God through Christ has restored us to being His beloved children. There is nothing we can ever add to this finished work. He has given us a sure place in His plans (which are the only plans which count). If, by faith, we live in this (given) security we can have such peace. We know who is our Father and therefore we know who we are.
This sets us free from slavery and ‘mindlocks’ as we think about ourselves – and sets us free to simply love. This love is not dependent on what we think others think but flows freely from God’s heart.