1 Samuel 16:1 “The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way.”
My dad always used to tell me to “be tough” whenever I got hurt. It’s actually not bad advice because in this life, we will get hurt a lot. I know I have. We can let disappointments ruin our lives or we can respond by moving forward into restorative action. That’s God’s way. That’s what Jesus did. We (the human race) were a huge disappointment to Him but instead of being paralyzed with sorrow, God swung into action and redeemed us Himself.
God appreciates a “warrior poet” so to speak. One who is tough but kind, zealous but aware of people’s flaws, and overall sold out for Him–not concerned with what people think.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
In this story, the Lord had chosen a new king (David) for Israel because Saul was unfit for active service. Samuel was distraught about the whole thing, but God had moved on. As we’ve talked about in other posts, God has emotions. Certainly he was sad and angry about having to replace Saul, but He knew what had to be done and He was ready to do it–He just needed a man of God to replace the king with.
Today there is something in life that we need to accept and move on, because we are in the Lord’s service. The Lord has the ability to make a change when He sees fit, but some things never change, or at least we certainly cannot change them. Our instinct is typically to throw a pity party, gossip about our problems and the people associated with them, and wallow around in our misery. God is saying that there is work that needs to be done. He will change the situation if it needs to be changed or He will empower us to be that agent of change, but first we must stop feeling so sorry for ourselves and accept that things are the way they are.
As a mental health therapist I believe that there are two great needs in counseling: 1) to feel heard, loved, and believed in and 2) to be inspired to take accountability for our ability to act in ways that we need to, regardless of what has happened to us (essentially, not remaining a victim).
Samuel was afraid that Saul would kill him because of all of this “replacement” business, but God assured him that he would be protected. If God has a mission for us, He will protect us in the exact right way. We can either keep whining and crying about what has gone wrong or we can stand up and move on and do the Lord’s work. As long as we fixate on what’s broken, we will never be in the process of building something new.