Samuel said to Saul, “You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel, but now your reign will not endure. The Lord has found a man loyal to Him, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not done what the Lord commanded.” Then Samuel went from Gilgal to Gibeah in Benjamin. Saul registered the troops who were with him, about 600 men. (1 Samuel 13:13-15)
At some point, we are foolish. Not just once. At multiple times or seasons.
God accepts us despite where we’ve been and what we’ve done, but our foolishness still has consequences. He shifts things as a response. Our foolishness always involves shifts, from God and within ourselves. Of course, God is not surprised. But sometimes we are.
Are we surprised at our own foolishness, that it was discovered, or that there is a consequence to it? We’re not all that surprised at our response to someone else’s foolishness. We feel justified that there are consequences. After all, why would we let someone’s foolishness continue without consequences?