In the text, God asked the prophet, Samuel, why is it that he was so grieved because Saul was no longer king. Although Saul still had the office or title of king, he was not anointed as king.
This is a reminder that we can be allowed to have an office or title in a certain dispensation of time yet our heart should always desire God’s presence and anointing on our assignment and appointment for every season.
1 Samuel 16: 1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? (ESV)
Here we see the humanism of the Prophet of the Lord. Samuel knows why Saul has been rejected as king. Earlier in, 1 Samuel 13, God reveals that Saul did not wait for Samuel to arrive for the sacrifice and Saul partially obeyed God.
Now in Chapter 16, Samuel found himself grieving over something that God had rejected. God was finished with Saul and was ushering in a new appointment.
Although we see the humanity of Samuel, we also see the relationship between God and Samuel. Surely, Samuel is aware that God already knows his heart and thoughts. Samuel’s relationship with God allowed transparency. Although Samuel could be transparent with God regarding his grief, God showed Samuel grace regarding his grief yet also confronted Samuel about his state when there was something new on the horizon. The past was behind and an opportunity to be a part of future was before him.
For some of us, we have found ourselves grieving over lost relationships, perhaps the divorce, or the lost of a job, house, or the lost of an idea of how we thought something would be, the heart-brokenness over a child or whatever the lost maybe.
Some of us are saying in our hearts, it was not a wrong or unrealistic expectation for our marriages, for that child, or that parent yet here we are stuck in grief. I dare not minimize the pain, whereas we may have been taken aback by betrayal and disappointment yet when we exalt an issue or circumstance we make it an idol. In our minds and hearts this perspective renders God powerless. We know that this is untrue of an all-powerful God.
Albeit the lost is real, the past cannot be undone. Let not the grief paralyze of our past rob us of the life that God has given neither cause us the inability to move forward and choke our ability to see a promising future.
1 Samuel 16:1 -2 Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
Samuel was commanded to fill his horn with oil. This is significant because Saul, a king that the people cried for and whom their hearts had selected was anointed with oil from a flask. The flask, which was man-made, was a representation of the flesh while the horn was not man-made which represents God’s selection and supernatural power.
1 Samuel 16: 2 “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say. “ I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.
One thing for sure, when we try to move forward from our past, the enemy/enemies from our past will try to deter us, cause us to doubt the Lord, cause us to misstep, or live in paralysis to prevent us from the mobility, newfound possibilities, or cause us to be blind from what could be. This was not just what could be yet a sure opportunity for Samuel to be a part of God’s redemptive work.
When God speaks something to us or impresses our hearts to move, we should trust the omniscience and sovereignty of God that if he has spoken something to us, there is an anointing attached to fulfill it.
We see where God has made protective provision for Samuel from Saul as he instructs him what to say about a sacrificial offering.
As we may have suffered lost, God is calling us to get up out of the bed of grief and despair and walk in unison of being a part of his redemptive work not only in us yet in others. Just as Samuel had been chosen before the foundations of world to be a part of anointing kings and touching lives, there are callings and appointments for each of us. We are seated in heavenly places and are joint heirs.
Don’t sit in grief over something God himself has moved on from, it is time to walk in the fullness of the anointing and assignments he has on our lives.
Now the last and final sacrifice has been made, go forth as God has anointed your future. Go touch kings, businesses, and lives. Go build people, businesses, and opportunities.
For Further Study:
1 Samuel 16
Ephesians 2:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:17 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
17 If we are God’s children, we will get the blessings God has for his people. He will give us all that he has given Christ. But we must suffer like Christ suffered. Then we will be able to share his glory.