One of my first thoughts while reading this chapter was about repentance. First of all, true servants of God will preach repentance (vs. 2) as Samuel does. Samuel points out this in vs. 26-28… “if a prophet come among you and decelerate unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him… But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity…ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet”
Often the prophets words will be hard to accept and urge us to change things in our lives. This is one of the evidences of a true prophet.
The other thought about repentance is Samuel uses the words “turn" and “return" in verse 11 when discussing repentance. This is significant because this is the phraseology used in the Old Testament instead of repentance (like in 1 Samuel 7:3). They essentially mean the same thing. As we turn back to the Lord (or return) than we are in the act of repenting….