Time To Move On

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1 Samuel 16:1

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”


The Bible tells us in the previous verse that Samuel left Saul after God had rejected Saul. Saul went to his home in Gibran, but Samuel went to Ramah. Samuel never went to see Saul again, yet he mourned for him. One day God came to Samuel and said, “How long are you going to mourn the man I’ve rejected? Go to Jesse’s house and anoint one of his sons to be king.” The Lord put an end to Samuel’s mourning by saying, in effect, “It’s Time To Move On.”


I can’t tell you how many times over these six decades of living I’ve come to this passage, and while I read it I was personally regretting a mistake or some personal failure or bad decision I’d made. As I read this verse, I’ve heard the Lord say, “Rich It’s Time To Move On.” One of the greatest weapons the devil uses against God’s people is regret. This thing that we wish hadn’t happened, happened in the past. There’s nothing we can do to change what has happened, yet the longer we look back and hold onto regret the more time we’re wasting in our future. It’s hard to realize that looking back is marching forward. What? That’s right, even when you’re regretting and looking back, the future continues to present itself. While it does, we waste our future and watch it become our past. Samuel heard the Lord say, “It’s Time To Move On!” Then Samuel got his head turned around from yesterday and started moving forward with his eyes wide open. Whatever you do, don’t live with regret a day longer. It’s Time To Move On!


Dear Jesus,

Thank You for always reminding me to keep my eyes and faith straight ahead. Looking back only wastes my future. Amen

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