Samuel recounts for the people how they have, despite God's help/blessing/love, turned against him time and time again. He summarizes many of the same stories I've recounted in previous blog posts, but then offers these words:
It is a reminder that despite doing the same stupid thing over and over, God gives us fresh starts through forgiveness. More incredible, this is the Old Testament God. Of course, he still threatens that if they don't accept the King they've begged for and if they don't put aside the other gods, there will be consequences... But they're given a fresh start.
Indeed, we have a fresh start no matter what "evil" we've done. Regardless of the past, there is a present and future in which we can serve the Lord with all our hearts.
I don't mean to suggest that we can escape the natural earthly consequences of our actions, but I believe we have the power to change ourselves. God would like ever-so-much to help.