Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Ending

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Card Bard

Samuel had anointed Saul King of Israel, but Saul fell out of favor with God.  Consequently, God told Samuel that He’d given the kingdom to someone better than Saul.  Samuel told Saul what God had said and the Scripture says that he “mourned over Saul.”  While Samuel was first reluctant about appointing a king over Israel, he believed that God had a plan in choosing Saul.  Maybe Samuel had seen a lot of potential in Saul to imagine all of the possibilities of what Saul and Israel could have been together.  Now his high hopes came to an abrupt end.  He might’ve asked, “Is this really your plan, God?” That’s when God asked Samuel, “How long will you mourn over Saul?” In not so many words God said, “Move on, Samuel.” God had chosen a better king for Israel, and it was Samuel’s duty to go find him.  Likewise, sometimes we mourn too long over situations when what we really ought to do is just move on. There’s nothing wrong with shedding tears, as this is a healthy expression of grief; however, God doesn't want us to grieve forever.  When we move on to meet new people and try new activities then God can begin to do something new in me and you.

For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland (Isa. 43:19, NLT). 

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