Samuel was influential in Saul’s life. He had anointed Saul as king. He had been with him every step of the way offering counsel, sharing wisdom and making known the way of The Lord to Saul. 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 because the man that he had invested most of his life in was destroying the good that God had given him. Samuel mourned for the decisions Saul had made. He was consumed with disappointment.
Then The Lord came to Samuel. Samuel was told to quit dwelling on Saul because it was time to move on. He had work for him to do.
Sometimes things don’t work out the way that we had hoped they would. People fail us. But God doesn’t want us to stay in a place of defeat. He wants us to get up and get moving forward.