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Get Over It!

1 Samuel 16:1-13 

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"Now the Lord said to Samuel, 'How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.' [2] But Samuel said, 'How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.' And the Lord said, 'Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. [3] And you shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.' [4] So Samuel did what the Lord said, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, 'Do you come in peace?' [5] And he said, 'In peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.' He also consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice. 

[6] Then it came about when they entered, that he looked at Eliab and thought, 'Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him.' [7] But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.' [8] Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, 'Neither has the Lord chosen this one.' [9] Next Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, 'Neither has the Lord chosen this one.' [10] Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, 'The Lord has not chosen these.' [11] And Samuel said to Jesse, 'Are these all the children?' And he said, 'There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.' Then Samuel said to Jesse, 'Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.' [12] So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, 'Arise, anoint him; for this is he.' [13] Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah."
 

Samuel learns an important lesson during the transition from Saul's reign to David's, he learned he needed to get over it before he could get on with it. Specifically, he learned he had to get over his grief that things are not the way they were, before he embraced the way God wants them to be. Verse 1 says, "Now the Lord said to Samuel, 'How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.'" Change is unsettling to most of us, even if it is a change we like. I don't know if it is a byproduct of growing older, but the breakneck speed of the change in my life is becoming increasingly bothersome to me. I've always considered myself a change agent and championed positive change, yet lately I've longed for stability. I don't have a clue if that is because I'm growing older (a change itself) or because the only constant in my life is change. Beyond the changes in my personal life lately, our church is constantly changing. New people are always coming in and we are constantly saying goodbye to those who are relocating to their next duty station. Lately I feel like just about the time we get our church organized and hitting on all eight cylinders, people move on and we have to start all over. It is easy for me to forget that a huge part of our ministry is to provide stability for others even if it means we have to endure instability to do it. We know that one way we will be used by God to change the world is to help people take the next step in their relationship with the Lord and gain a passion for ministry. If we did not have our turnover, we could not accomplish our mission. So we endure the instability change brings to enjoy the byproducts it leaves in its wake. Samuel was unsettled at the change that was happening in the kingdom. I suppose it is natural for us to grieve the loss of our friends and co-laborers in the Lord just as it was for Samuel to grieve the impending loss of King Saul, but the word of the Lord to Samuel, and to us is clear-Get over it and get on it.

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