1 Samuel 1:9-18
I . . . have poured out my soul before the Lord.(1 Sam 1:15)
Sometimes Sam feels as if he is in a bad relationship—with himself! Whenever Sam the writer starts a paragraph, Sam the editor interrupts. “No, no, no. Don’t say it that way. Why are you always so negative?” Or “What makes you think you have anything worthwhile to say?”
Before Sam completed a single thought, his alter ego has torn it to shreds. This is a very debilitating ritual. It’s also common to the human condition.
Satan loves to distract us with criticism, and he tries to get us to use it on others as well as ourselves. We judge prematurely and try to correct others before we know what they’re saying. That’s what Eli the priest did when Hannah was crying out to God. He interrupted her prayer and accused her of being drunk (1 Sam. 1:12-14).
But God lets us pour out our hearts to Him in full honesty (Ps. 62:8). In fact, the Psalms indicate that it is when we are expressing our doubts and fears that God resolves them. Many Psalms that begin in despair end in praise (22; 42; 60; 69; 73).
When a battle is raging inside, pour out your soul before the Lord (1 Sam. 1:15). He can make sense out of what seems senseless.
Lord calm my restless heart and make me still before you as I come to you in prayer.Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When turmoil seems to hold full sway and be the ruler of the day, I’ll open up my heart and find that God with peace can ease my mind.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church