Don’t Look Back; Look Ahead

I Samuel 16:1 could be a word for anyone who has been paralyzed by past hurts, and who needs to move on and follow God for what He has next for them:

“Now the Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself from among his sons.'”

God was telling Samuel (and many of us) several things in this verse:

1) Don’t live in the past: “How long will your grieve over Saul … ?” Samuel was still grieving over Saul’s failure, and as we have seen, it is good to mourn over sins and failures, but God did not want him to focus so much on that past disappointment that it would keep him from moving forward with what God had next.

2) Get ready for something new: “Fill your horn with oil …”. God wanted him to make preparations (in this case a physical act of getting the oil ready) for the next thing God had for him.

3) Follow God’s direction for the next assignment: “… go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.” God gave specific directions for the next thing He wanted Samuel to do, which would lead to the ministry of David the king.

Just like Samuel, many of God’s people today may be mourning some past disappointment, in their own lives or others’, but God doesn’t want any of us to be paralyzed by focusing on the past. “How long will you grieve over (that)?” Truthfully, there are griefs which may continue to hurt for a lifetime, but God does not want us to focus so much on them that it keeps us from moving forward with what He has next for us. His word for some of us today may be just like this one to Samuel: You have been disappointed in the past for long enough. It is time to get ready, and follow God in His next assignment for your life!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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2 Responses to Don’t Look Back; Look Ahead

  1. Pat McGovern says:

    Shawn this really speaks to me. Thank you

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