How Long?

There’s a great little section of scripture in the book of 1 Samuel where Samuel is really upset that Saul, who Samuel anointed, has turned out to be a bad king. So the Lord calls him to go and anoint David as the new king of Israel.


I just love how the Lord addresses him about this issue. He says, “Samuel, how long will you mourn over Saul? Now, get up and anoint David.” It made me think about how important it is that we don’t hang onto things that we shouldn’t. The evil one goes after people by saying things like, “You’re not good enough, smart enough, or trained enough.” He convinces you to hang onto the things you’ve done in the past as an anchor to weigh you down. That is so contrary to how God wants us to act. He wants us to know that we are free from sin. We are a new creation. We are a new man and we are able to live in the righteousness of Christ.


I was in a church service recently where the invitation was to let go; to let go of those things that weigh you down, so God can bring a new freedom to you. So, I ask you; how long are you going to hang onto those things that keep you from being all that God wants you to be? How long are you going to mourn over a bad decision? How long are you going to mourn after a circumstance hasn’t gone right? The Lord says, “Get up! I’ll walk with you; I’ll make you whole.”