Sunday: March 22, 2020
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.
In the run up to a pole vault, like other field events, once the first step forward is taken, one isn’t allowed to retreat and restart. The only option is to make use of another opportunity if one is available. However, in something like starting a song, if the first note is off, a confident singer is able to halt proceedings and restart.
Samuel found himself in such a state when Saul was rejected as king probably blaming himself for not being a better guide. But God tells him to dust himself off and get moving to anoint a new king. Sometimes, getting ourselves going after a setback or disappointment can be a challenge. We sense as though there is no motivation nor excitement to jump back into the fight particularly if the outcome might be the same.
A failed relationship, a missed job opportunity, a career move that ended in debt, backsliding or regressing after making giant leaps forward in any venture personally or communally. The strength to move on appears to be missing. It is in such moments that the encouragement to get moving comes to us. You cannot down tools and stay where you are, you’ve got to get moving.