"And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons". 1 Samuel 16:1
Samuel had anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Saul disobeyed God and the Lord removed the kingdom from him. Because of this, Samuel was grieved and mourned for Saul. The word mourn means to feel deep sorrow, lament and regret.
Evidently, God thought that Samuel had mourned for Saul long enough and before Samuel became totally consumed with the sorrow and regret, God told him it was time for him to get up and move on.
I believe the Lord is saying to someone today the same thing He said to Samuel-- "How long?". How long will you continue to mourn over this situation? How long are you going to grieve over what is over? How long will you continue to "beat yourself up about it"? How long are you going to hold onto regret for the past? How long are you going to sit there and let it consume you-- your thoughts, your time, your energy, your future, your productivity, your peace and your joy? How long are you going to let it hinder you from going to the next thing God has for you? How long are you going to let it hold you back from your destiny? How long are you going to let it depress you, keep you in anger, steal from you, frustrate you, confuse you and keep you a prisoner?
Basically, God was telling Samuel-- enough is enough, get up and move on, I have more for you to do than sit here mourning over the past and what has already been done. It is finished. It is over. I have something else for you-- get up and move on! I believe I heard from the Lord and this is for someone today, if you will receive it. Stop "mourning" over it. Move on and let the Lord do a new thing in your life. Samuel got up and anointed the new king of Israel-- the king that was a man after God's own heart; a king through whom the Messiah would come; a king whose throne would be established forever. That was much better than what he was mourning over.
Have a great day. Get up and move on!
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