Facing Great Loss

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1 Samuel 25:1
“Then Samuel died; and all Israel gathered together and mourned him, and buried him at his house in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the wilderness of Paran,.” (1) Samuel’s life had great impact on all Israel. He judged them, brought decisions in various conflicts and provided prophetic influence in times of trouble and chaos. By God’s guidance, he transitioned Israel from the time of the judges to the kings. He both anointed Saul as the first king of Israel and prophesied of his demise. Samuel anointed David as the next king and encouraged him in his growth as a leader while under the stress of Saul’s attempts to kill him. The loss of Samuel’s influence was difficult for Israel, but devastating to David. However, God would shape his life through other people [good and bad] and various experiences. Even when we facing great loss and are in a “wilderness,” God is faithful to provide the instruction and influences we need to fulfill our destiny in Him. People can be a wonderful blessing, but should not become idols in life or death. Our ultimate teacher is God Himself. This is especially evident during times of great loss.