MOVE ON FROM THE PAST

Reference text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Samuel 16:1 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.

I remember a message from long ago that painted the single most vivid picture I still have of what it means to move forward. The analogy used were the mirrors in a car: in terms of size, the front mirror is bigger and has a far wider scope of vision when compared to the rear mirror. This ought to tell us that the design of a car is meant to move ‘forward’ because even though a car can move backwards, road laws only permit doing so over very short distances’.
God is clearly unhappy with Samuel owing to his reaction after Saul was rejected as King.

It was clear there was some attachment, coupled with the fact that he physically anointed Saul as king. Even so, God told him: ‘Sam, get over it because this isn’t the end’. While he was stuck in a perpetual loop of sadness over events in the past, God was looking to the future with new plans for his people.
So my dear, this will be a long list of questions but I dare ask since one of these will certainly strike a cord:

How long are you going to hold on to the hurt from that past relationship when a better person stands in front of you because you are afraid of getting hurt again?

How long are you going to hold on to just what you know, when there is also the opportunity to learn something new?

How long are you going to hold on to the disappointment of a single defeat that you have refused to even try again?

How long are you going to remain static because you fell the last time you took a big step?

My dear, when you took those actions you regretted so much and asked God for mercy, He forgave you- so why are you still beating yourself and refusing to let go after all these years? Why are you still hooked on to the pain of what has been that you seem to have no interest in what is or what will be? Sweetheart, it is time for you to stop living with the regrets of yesterday and walk into God’s plans for you today and tomorrow because they are numerous.

Remember # In every race of life, the intended direction of movement is forward.

#sly

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