"How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go” (v1). The Lord urged the prophet Samuel to let go of Saul’s kingship and to obey by anointing the next king. Samuel may have been reluctant because Saul was still acting as king (making it dangerous to speak of the next one!), or because he still thought Saul could be successful – God had originally chosen him. Yet God called the prophet to go.
“For the Lord sees not as man sees … the Lord looks on the heart” (v7). Like Samuel, we often struggle to understand God’s plan. But we can trust Him with our future.