Let It Go

“The LORD said to Samuel: How long will you grieve for Saul, whom I have rejected as king of Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.” (1 Samuel 16:1)

We all know the story of David and Goliath, but do you know what happened before David slew the giant?

Years before that, God told His prophet Samuel to anoint a man name Saul as the new king of Israel. Why? Because, according to God, he will be their savior and deliver them from the Philistines. So Samuel does as God commanded, and Saul becomes the first king of Israel.

And the people buy into it. The embrace Saul as their king, their ruler, the answer to their prayers: their SAVIOR. Samuel is right there with them. He believes in Saul. He has great expectations for him. So you can imagine his disappointment when he fails.

See, God gave Saul specific instructions. And Saul thought he knew better and did things his own way. In response, God strips Saul of his anointing. He REJECTS him as king.

And that’s where we find Samuel, still moping around because his guy didn’t make the cut. Still hanging onto hope that somehow God might change his mind.

“The LORD said to Samuel: How long will you grieve for Saul, whom I have rejected as king of Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.” (1 Samuel 16:1)

God is telling Samuel to let it go. “I know you thought Saul was gonna reign as king forever, but he’s not the right guy for the job. He didn’t work out. Move on. Pick up your oil and go to where I WILL TELL YOU.”

God was sending Samuel to anoint the new king. The man God had chosen to free the people from the Philistines. God was sending Samuel to David.

Bringing it back to the world of ministry: What is your Saul? What is that program you’re holding onto even though it hasn’t worked in years? What’s that ideology your stuck on even though you know it no longer works in your context? What’s that sacred cow you’re afraid to touch because it will upset too many people?

God is telling you to let go of anything that is ineffective. Let go of anything that is not accomplishing your mission. Stop grieving for that idea you really loved that failed. Move on, grab your oil and figure out what direction God wants to lead your ministry?

Bringing it back to your life: What is your Saul? Are you still doing what God wants you to do? Are you still living in line with the will of God for your life? Or are you simply stuck doing what you’ve been doing because you’re afraid to do something new? Stop thinking about what you’ve done/been in the past, grab your oil and go WHEREVER God leads you.

“To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak.” (Jeremiah 1:7)

Michael Marchand

Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.


Michael Marchand


Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.



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