Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 15,16; 1 Chronicles 5; Matthew 1
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Life is filled with disappointments. We will be disappointed by our own actions, circumstances, or health conditions. We will be disappointed by others. There are so many things in this life that will disappoint us, and it can be very easy to let these disappointments get us so discouraged that we stop serving the Lord. When things are not going the way we would like them to go, we can have a tendency to give up, but there is a time to accept the disappointments we have faced and move on to whatever God has planned for us next. In today’s key passage, the prophet Samuel was disappointed. He had anointed Saul as King of Israel, but because Saul chose not to follow God’s instructions, he had failed. Samuel was in deep mourning over Saul’s failure, but through his pain God teaches us four lessons about moving on after a disappointment.
The first lesson we learn is that there is a time to stop mourning. In Verse 1 we read, “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; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” Even though Samuel was disappointed about Saul’s failure, God knew that his mourning would never change the situation. There is a time to stop grieving and realize that in spite of whatever disappointments we have faced, God is in control.
The second lesson we learn is that we must accept God’s will. Samuel believed that Saul was going to be a good king when he anointed him, but God rejected Saul because of his own actions. Samuel had to accept the fact that God had another plan for Israel and for him. Many times, we tend to hold on to what we think God’s will should be for our lives, when in reality God might have an entirely different plan for us. No matter what we might think at the present time, God’s plan for us is always the best plan, even if it does not fit into our current way of thinking.
The third lesson we learn is that there will come a time when we must simply move on to the next thing God is calling us to do. God’s plan was for Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint another king. Although Samuel was afraid of what Saul would do if he heard about Samuel anointing another king, he still chose to obey God and go to Bethlehem. When we finally stop mourning over a disappointment and accept God’s will for our lives, we will find we can move forward and do as God directs.
The final lesson we learn is that we have to follow God’s directions as we move forward. When Samuel first saw Jesse’s son Eliab, he immediately assumed that this would be the new king. It was not until he heard from God that he realized his mistake. He had to listen for God’s guidance and God ultimately led him to David as the new king of Israel. Following our disappointments, we need to spend time getting back in tune with God.
Moving on from disappointment can be a hard thing to do, but it is something we will all need to do in this life. Fortunately, God provides us with a road map to follow on our journey. As we read His Word daily, we can learn His tips for moving on, and we can ensure we are following Him.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on April 14, 2013, in 09 - 1 Samuel and tagged Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, David, God, Godly Living, Jesse, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Samuel, Saul. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.