But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”
“Your services are no longer required.” That standard response will send many a seasoned laborer for Christ inward questioning our worth and second guessing our first call. Soon our emotional pendulum swings from remorse to resentment with questions like, “What could I do better?” “Why me?” and “Who do they think they are!?”
Samuel faced a similar dilemma: rejection from God’s people and taking their rejection personally. They no longer required his services. They wanted someone else ruling over them — a king, not a prophet. Yet, in all his years of service, Samuel never dishonored God or abused his role. He served faithfully. When he felt rejection’s sting, he went to God first with his feelings of displeasure. There he received God’s response:
…it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me…”
Rejection will either bring out the best or worse in us. When it does come, divert to the only source for truth: PRAYER. Ask God, “In my season, did I serve faithfully?” “Have I honored You, Lord and the role entrusted me?” “Have You rejected me, God?” “What is my next assignment?”
Go to God in prayer, and not to others, to make your displeasure known. Lay out the rejection to Him and wait on Him to speak. He will.