Samuel anointed Saul as king. He had been with him every step of the way offering him counsel, imparting wisdom upon him and making known the way of The Lord. Saul and Samuel shared an unique bond.
Then Saul turned his back on The Lord. He went against the instructions from God to rely completely on himself.
Samuel was distraught. The man that he had invested most of his life in was destroying the good that God had given him.
Samuel mourned for what Saul had done with his life. He was sorrowful for the choices that Saul had made. He was consumed with disappointment.
Then The Lord came to Samuel. He told him that he still had work for him to do. Samuel was to quit dwelling on Saul’s failure. Now was the time to move forward.
Sometimes things don’t work out the way that we had hoped they would. People fail us and even worse we sometimes fail God. But God doesn’t want us to stay in a place of defeat. He doesn’t want us to dwell on our difficult pasts. He wants us to get up and get moving forward.
I Samuel 15:28-16:3