Friday, May 1, 2020

01 May 2020 - The Mourning will End

Devotion: The Mourning will End

Read: 1 Samuel 15:35 -16:1.

    Have you ever mourned over a friend or family member for their rejection of God? As believers it ought to break our hearts when a fellow brother or sister in Christ walks from Jesus Christ.

That was what Samuel did over Saul - he mourned over Saul's disobedience and defiance against God. Samuel wasn't alone, God mourned over Saul too. Clearly it was not simply an issue of rituals and sacrifices that broke both their hearts.

There is a portion in a Christian worship song"Hosanna" by Hillsong Church that goes:

"Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity"

"Break my heart for what breaks Yours". This was what Samuel understood and felt that day. His heart was broken for what broke God's heart. He loved Saul as God did. But Saul, in his heart has rejected God. What a tragic story.

You and I, the Church, are God's "Samuel" in the world (Saul). Our heart ought to break over the world that rejects God. However, there are those who are seeking Him and dwelling in His presence. There are those who are like the son of Jesse, David, that God has called to be anointed, and are known by God to be "after His own heart (1 Sam. 13:14)".

Friend, your mourning for those who rejects God will eventually need to stop for there are those who will need your spiritual guidance and leadership. Those whose hearts are inclined towards Jesus Christ. As the Church we are to seek and pursue after them as God sought for them, and ask the Holy Spirit to anoint them (signified by the "flask of olive oil").

Therefore, let us be encouraged by the Spirit of God, who reminds us through this reading there those whom God has chosen among the people.

We will have to stop our mourning (eventually) and look toward the promise of God. When God told Samuel that He had chosen a king, a son of Jesse, we can imagine him being encouraged by God for there was still hope for Israel. With similar faith and hope, we look forward to the coming of our Anointed King, Jesus Christ. There is still hope for the world.

Prayer:

Father, may I know what breaks Your heart. Help me to pursue those who You have chosen and anointed for Your Kingdom. May I also look forward into Your promises of a future with You in Jesus Christ.