There are times in your life that you become really good friends with someone. Perhaps you go to church together or to the beach. You may invite each other over to eat quite often.
Or you could be single and just find someone and fall in love with them.
Then it’s over. You go your separate ways. No more close friendship or romance.
You mope and moan and walk around in a haze because your world has changed so much. Everything has changed.
That’s how Samuel felt.
Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?” 1 Sam 16:1
Samuel was there when the Lord chose Saul as the king. He was there for the coronation. He had been his confidant, friend, spiritual advisor, and counselor. Samuel and King Saul had been through much together.
But the king did something terribly wrong and God, in turn, rejected him as king. Samuel was there when that happened too.
Samuel moped and moaned and walked around in a haze.
But when people leave your life it’s often time to make room for someone better!
For Samuel that came in the form of a young man named David, who would become a king – a man – after God’s own heart.
Friends can only be close friends when their hearts are set together.
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3
For me, my closest friends proclaim Jesus as Savior. They’re not perfect and neither am I, but we have a love for the Lord.
As a church leader I’ve had many people come to church and strike up a great friendship with Linda and me. But something happened and they walked away. I felt like Samuel and Saul. Yet God always provides a David – someone to come in and fill up the hurt and the void.