“Samuel was angry when he heard this. He prayed his anger and disappointment all through the night. He got up early in the morning to confront Saul …1 Samuel 15:11
In the scripture for today, Samuel had to confront Saul—the young foolish king of Israel who had screwed up—to tell him he would no longer be king. However, before going to Saul he prayed throughout the night.
I’ve been like Saul and recently disappointed two women I am close to. On one occasion, I failed to see where I could be of assistance, and for the other, I let the ball down and did not stay in constant communication with someone going through a rough spot in her life. It took months for each of these women to confront me with their feelings. It made me sad to think I had caused lingering angst to people I care deeply for. If only… if only they could have called and said, “You disappointed me,” or more bluntly, “You screwed up!” the anger would have dissipated and our relationship would have become even stronger.
We need to be good spiritual mentors to one another. Talk to one another in good times and bad times. We need to learn from Samuel to pray about our concerns and then confront, instead of becoming bitter and allowing our angst to become a festering boil in our hearts. Saul was sorry for his offenses. So am I.
Lord, help us to learn to pray and then confront those who have hurt us. Amen.