Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Time to Move Forward

1 Samuel 15:28 
Now the Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn over Saul seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; 1 Samuel 16:1a

Samuel was grieved over the fact that Saul remained unrepentant. In fact the Bible says that he was mourning over the life of Saul. You only mourn over those you love. Saul had made his decision to do things his own way. He no longer listened to Samuel, he wouldn't listen to Jonathen, he wouldn't listen to anyone. It didn't have to be that way, but that was Saul's choice. Although Samuel was broken, there came point when enough was enough. Weeping had endured for a night, it was time for joy to come in the morning. It was time for Samuel to remove the garments of heaviness, and replace them with garments of praise.  The Lord spoke to His prophet and told him it was time to get back to work. Samuel couldn't change Saul's mind, but he could keep doing God's work. 
There are trials that you will encounter in life and ministry that will cause you grief and bring tears to your eyes. Yet you can't stay in that place of sorrow forever. There comes a point, when like Samuel, you need to get up and keep moving forward. There comes a time when you have to fill the horn with oil and get down the road. Samuel had to keep moving forward with his eyes on the Lord, and so do we.